Bedbugs are small blood-sucking insects that live in cracks and crevices in and around beds. They crawl out at night and bite exposed skin to feed on blood.
Adult bedbugs are oval-shaped, flat and up to 5mm long similar to an apple seed.
Their colour varies between dark yellow, red or brown.
Bedbugs aren't dangerous and don't spread any diseases, but some people experience a reaction to their bites and they can be stressful to live with.
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Preventing bedbug infestations
Find out about bedbugs, including what problems they can cause, how to spot them in your home and how to get rid of them.
Signs of a bedbug infestation can include: small bugs or tiny white eggs in the crevices and joints of your mattress and furniture use a bright torch to check for these bites on
Bedbugs can be very difficult to get rid of. Your best chance of successfully treating an infestation is to get professional help. Contact your local council or a pest control firm that's a me
Bedbug bites are painless, but some people experience a reaction to them. This can occur from a few minutes after being bitten up to a week or two later. Bedbug bites: can cause Pruritus re
It can be difficult to avoid bedbugs, as they can be transported easily in luggage, clothing and furniture. Once in your home, they can quickly spread from room to room. They don't jump or