Bed bugs will feed on any warmbloooded animal and must have regular blood meals to survive and develop.

The adults and nymphs will hide underneath mattresses, in cracks around skirting boards and behind headboards. At night, these biting pests will emerge to feed.

Bites are usually found in rows and blood spotting can be present on bed clothes and sheets. The possibility of secondary infection is not uncommon.

Bed bugs can occur with regularity in buildings of rapid resident turnover e.g. hotels, hostels or multi occupancy dwellings.