Bedbugs feed on warm blood, mainly doing so at night making a sleeping human perfect supper. As their name suggests they are found predominantly in the bedroom area around beds, headboards, mattresses etc. but can be found in most furniture. Bites from bedbugs cannot usually be felt until some hours after the event but can cause severe irritation. They are known to be able to survive for up to 12 months without food (lying dormant in empty properties). A notoriously difficult problem to eradicate, bedbugs require a thorough treatment to gain control. Reasons for infestation can include unwittingly bringing back infested luggage after staying in infested premises such as hotels or can commonly be introduced when untreated second-hand furniture which is infested is introduced into the dwelling.
Discovering that you have bed bugs in your house is an upsetting experience, ensuring that they are dealt with as quickly as possible is your primary concern. Bed bugs are found where people tend to rest and sleep, hence the name bed bug. The emotional stress and frustration of dealing with a parasite infestation can be a lot to deal with, on top of the risk from their bites, itching and scratching plus the added potential of secondary infection.