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The Bed Bug species most commonly identified in the U.K. is is the Cimex lectularius. These small insects feed on blood from animals and humans and are often found in bedding and furniture. Bed Bugs have five larval stages before they develop into an adults. Their eggs are small and white, the nymphs a paler yellow colour, and the adults a reddish-brown colour. Bed Bugs can have up to three generations a year.
Bed Bugs will bite and these bites can leave red marks which become itchy. Signs of active infestations are small specs of blood, and very small black droplets found in bedding. Bed Bugs tend to congregate in high numbers and are most active at night. They can be located in houses, apartments, hotels and even aboard public transport. They often are transported via clothing and luggage.
Bed Bug Traps should be deployed as soon as infestations are suspected. These traps can catch high numbers of Bed Bugs and provide ideal monitoring stations for infestation levels.