Bedbugs or Cimex lectularius are a pest of exposure. They can easily be spread from
location to location by contact. They are not connected with home or personal hygiene
and can literally affect anyone.
Although not life threatening nor disease transmitting they are an unpleasant pest
to deal with and can produce emotional and psychological symptoms beyond the physical
They tend to be most active at night while we rest but they are not nocturnal they
are just more active at night when there is less risk of being spotted..
The definitive signs of an infestations of Bed Bugs are:
Clicking on any of these images will take you to a gallery of definitive signs of
a Bedbug infestation, this page may take some time to load due to image size needed
to clearly display the pictures.
Infestations can also be accompanied by:
Bites of various shapes and sizes, sometimes in clusters (for information on why
bites are not an accurate diagnostic aid see here)
Sweet sickly smell reminiscent of burnt almonds
If you have an infestation of bedbugs it is important that:
You do not panic and make the situation worse
Do not dispose of anything that is infected unless it is protected and done correctly
Seek professional experienced assistance and make sure they know what they are doing,
research is essential to make sure they are qualified and insured to do the work.
Do not use store or Internet bought “aerosol” or “fogger” based products as they
often make the matter worse.
The Diagram beneath is a representation of the life cycle of bed bugs illustrating
the changes in size, colour and appearance as they develop from egg to adult.
The image is taken from the book Bed Bug Beware - an easy to understand guide to
bed bugs their prevention and control by Richard Strand and David Cain.
This image may be reproduced for public education purposes copyright free, commercial
use MUST be licensed from Xenex Associate Limited
To help you confirm an infestation prior to treatment starting we have developed an inspection confirmation check list in conjunction with BedBugger.com. It is designed to help you ensure that an infestation is confirmed through identification of the physical signs of bed bugs.
As unlikely as many sufferers may find it, bedbugs have not always occupied a position
of loathing and hatred in society. In the past they have been the subject children's
books, adult literature, games and even confectionary. Over the years we have collected
a number of artefacts which are documented in our museum gallery below:
The information on this site is provide free to help people clearly understand the nature of bedbugs and their resurgence in modern society. To help us keep this information updated and accurate we only ask that you help to “spread the word and not the bedbugs” so that others can be helped and we don’t need to waste money on advertising.