Bed Bugs

The Council do not offer a service to treat Bed Bugs

General Information

  • Do not fly, can crawl and can be transported in clothing, luggage, books or furniture. Often associated with second hand bedding/furniture.
  • Can bite and feed on blood causing severe irritation.
  • Most infestations are found in the bedroom, usually close to where the host sleeps, bed frame, mattress, skirting boards and wallpaper.
  • Emerge at night.
  • Not known to carry disease.
  • Increase in the use of central heating and warm conditions stimulate activity and feeding over the winter months.
  • The female bed bug lays pearly white eggs which are glued into cracks and crevices and anywhere that provides darkness during daylight.
  • ¬†Adults can live for up to 18 months usually feeding weekly but can survive for over one year without blood.


  • Recommend that the whole premises be treated.
  • Hoover thoroughly throughout.
  • Put all toys away. Any soft toys would be scattered on treated surface so that any coming out would be killed.
  • Bed must be stripped and all bedding washed. Bedding should be put into black bags and carried to washer in these then placed next to machine. All modern detergents carry a built in insecticide that will kill the bugs.
  • Any affected clothing should also be treated in the same manner.
  • Vacate property for 3-4 hours after treatment.
  • After 3 hours it is completely safe to enter property and for pets and children.
  • Can take up to 2 weeks to work.


  • Insecticide is applied to affected rooms, beds etc.
  • In worst cases wallpaper has to be removed as eggs may be laid behind joints.


  • Regular cleaning of bedding and cleaning of rooms should prevent build up of an infestation.
  • Regular cleaning and inspection of the bed will highlight distinctive blood spotting at an early stage.
  • Rooms should be cleaned regularly and kept tidy.
  • Second hand furniture should be checked carefully.
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