Bed bugs, unlike many other forms of insect, do not hibernate during the winter. Instead they remain active. They are oval shaped and quite flat. They can grow up to 5mm long. They feed on blood to grow, changing colour from cream to brown as they mature. They are resilient and can go up to 12 months without a feed.
They are also attracted to a similar temperate range as humans. Thus, our bodies are their favourite host. Once they attach to humans, they suck our blood and cause itchy bites.
They tend to live in cracks and crevices in and around your bed, especially in mattress seams. They prefer to feed on humans but will also feed on other warm-blooded animals. They mainly feed at night.They attach themselves to clothes such as jumpers or hide in our bags. They are most known for attaching themselves to blankets and doonas and living in our beds, hence their name – bed bugs.
Signs of a bed bug infestation can include regularly waking with itchy bites, visible bugs in your bed, blood spots on your sheets.