Signs of bedbugs
Adult bedbugs are roughly apple pip size and may vary in colour. When fed they may appear red/ purple whilst hungry ones may appear opaque. Adults can be found in sockets, cracks and crevices, on curtains and along skirting boards or carpet edges.
Bedbugs are nocturnal creatures and will feed when humans are asleep at night. The bites will be red, slightly swollen, itchy and may appear in clusters.
Bedbugs deposit their faeces after every meal. This will appear as dark brown stains on bedding especially round the edges of mattresses and bed frames where they are mainly found. This will be more pronounced with heavier infestations.
Spots of blood may be found in bedding and is caused by bed bugs feeding or from crushing the insect.
To prevent an infestation
Store any suitcases and bags off the ground and away from your bed when staying at a hotel in the UK or abroad.
When buying second hand furniture thoroughly inspect it for insects within the seams, crevices and cracks.
Vacuuming mattresses and material areas will help reduce the number of insects and eggs. The bed frame and any bedroom furniture must be moved away from the walls and the whole room vacuumed. Ensure the vacuum contents are put in your outside bin.