KNOW THY ENEMY
Bed bugs are small, flat, reddish-brown insects that grow to about 5 mm in length. Bed bugs spread by stowing away in clothing, baggage and other belongings, hitching rides to your home when you return from the shops, the office, school, or that recent hotel stay.
And don’t think that having a clean home makes you immune from the threat; bed bugs are equally happy in clean homes as dirty ones, and have even been found in brand new mattresses.
Once through the door, bed bugs rapidly set up home in cracks and crevices. The seams of mattresses, bed bases, and behind headboards are favourite hiding places, allowing them to have close proximity to their food.
Come nightfall, and your insect invaders will head out on raids with one target in mind: you and your family. These little blood suckers feed exclusively on human blood, and they do it on the sly, at night when you are asleep and truly at their mercy. After feasting for several minutes, they crawl back to their hiding places, engorged and undetected.
If left to their own devices, bed bugs will put their hitch-hiking skills to good use to expand their territory, travelling from room to room throughout your house, making new homes in your couches, carpets and cupboards.