bed bug infestation

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Bed bugs

Bed bugs are becoming an increasing problem worldwide and many travellers encounter them in hotels on their holidays or business trips. One of the biggest fears of travellers is waking up in a hotel bed with the tell-tale bites and droplets of blood on the sheets! They are also an increasing problem in student accommodation, care homes and apartments.

Bed bugs cause psychological and physical harm by leaving itchy bites and spreading panic. For businesses, bed bugs can cripple an establishment’s reputation and result in a downturn in revenue. Rentokil offers our customers highly trained technicians, the latest advances in bed bug detection and treatments to effectively get rid of bed bugs and prevent further infestations.

Contact us now online or phone on 01300 307 825 if you would like a free quote, or continue below to find out more information about bed bugs and how to prevent and eliminate them.

Bed bug advice

Bed bugs are more common than you might think! We conducted a survey of Australian travellers and found that 11% had encountered bed bugs while travelling in Australia and a whopping 23% while travelling abroad. Over 40% of respondents did not realise that bed bugs could travel with them once they had left an infested establishment. Below is some advice to help you recognise bed bugs and their bites and how to prevent them travelling home with you.

Rentokil's bed bug control services

Rentokil are the experts in bed bug control across Australia. Our bed bug experts have extensive local knowledge and are backed by over 90 years of global experience. You can be sure that your business or your family’s health are in safe hands.

We can offer quick response times and a range of bed bug treatments suitable for use in all types of environments. Early detection and innovative solutions such as our Entotherm chemical-free heat treatment ensure that bed bugs are eliminated and do not spread to other parts of your building. We also offer targetted chemical treatments to eliminate bed bugs in hard-to-reach places, where appropriate.

When you contact us we provide you with a four-stage process to deal with your bed bug problem effectively: arrange an appointment, detailed survey, treat the bed bugs and make sure your bed bug problem does not return, as described below:

1. Contact

Call us and we will arrange for your local team to contact you

  • Local experts
  • Calls returned within 24 hours (Mon - Fri)

2. Survey

We will discuss your pest problem, arrange a survey if necessary, and provide a quote and recommendations.

  • Appointment at a time convenient to you
  • Solutions tailored to your pest problem

3. Treatment

Our local, expert technicians will come out to provide your treatment

  • Appointment at a time convenient to you
  • Environmentally sensitive approach
  • Child & pet friendly treatments

4. Aftercare

We'll make as many visits as you require to ensure your problem is resolved

  • Guaranteed solutions
  • Prevention advice
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Bed Bug species & appearance

  • Bed bugs are around 5 to 6mm long before a blood meal extending to about 7mm when fully engorged.
  • Oval and flattened from back to underside with thick, well-developed legs. Bed bugs do not have wings.
  • Their mouths are pointed for piercing and sucking.
  • Adult bed bugs are rusty red-brown in color.
  • Eggs are whitish cream, getting darker as they hatch to larvae.
  • Their shed skins are lighter brown and look like flaky exoskeletons.


  • Bed bugs lay 200 – 500 eggs over a 2 month period in batches of 10 to 50.
  • The adult female must have a blood meal before egg-laying.
  • The eggs are usually laid in crack and crevices and can be attached to items of furniture or fittings in clusters by a transparent substance.
  • There are 7 stages to the lifecycle from egg to fully grown adult which can be from 45 days but may be up to a year.
  • The typical life span of a bed bug is about 50 days to over a year depending on favourable conditions.
  • They can survive for weeks to months without feeding.

Bed bug FAQs

  • Is there any potential harm of having bed bugs?

    The harm of bed bugs is customers can be bitten. Bed bugs move around easily and if not treated in a professional way quickly, can quickly reach an epidemic level. Specialist solutions only available to professional pest control companies offer the most reliable way to get rid of bed bugs.

  • What steps can I take against bed bugs?

    It is not recommend you try removing bed bugs on your own and should seek professional help.

  • What bed bug treatment is best?

    Rentokil’s new Entotherm Heat Pod eliminates the use of chemicals and kills all stages of the bed bug life cycle in one treatment.



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