Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Cimex lectularius

Appearance

Image of a Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius) | Rentokil Pest Control NZ
  • 4 to 5mm long.
  • Oval and flattened from back to underside, well developed legs, but wings absent.
  • Mouthparts adapted to piercing and sucking.
  • Red to brown in colour.

Lifecycle

  • 200 – 500 eggs laid over a 2 month period in batches of 10 to 50.

Habits

  • Feed on human blood.
  • Found in cracks and crevices, headboards, behind peeling wallpaper, broken plaster, light switches, under carpets and skirting boards etc.
  • Bed bugs are nocturnal.