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Bed Bugs – Pest Control Services in Canberra

Bed bugs are nocturnal, bloodsucking insects that take an interest in sleeping humans. Bed bugs usually bite and feed in the early hours of the morning – leaving itchy bite marks on their victims. In Australia, pest controllers commonly encounter two species of bed bug: Cimex lectularis and Cimex hemipterus. ACT Pest Control’s affordable pest control services in Canberra eliminate bed bugs fast.

Which bed bug species are found in Canberra?

Cimex lectularis is the main bed bug species found in Canberra. However, Cimex hemipterus – typically found in tropical parts of Australia – is frequently transported to Canberra by returning travellers and interstate / international visitors.

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Are bed bugs harmful to humans?

Not really. Bed bugs aren’t known to carry serious diseases, but their bite can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

When do bed bugs breed?

As an “interior” pest, bed bugs generally breed all year round. A female bed bug can lay hundreds of eggs over a 2-month period.

How do bed bugs enter your home?

Bed bugs are “hitchhikers” that latch onto people, luggage, clothing and 2nd hand furniture. You, your family and friends are the unwitting culprits.

What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?

A bed bug infestation is usually easy to spot:-

  • You’ve actually seen the bed bugs (usually 5mm in size) in your bedroom.
  • An unpleasant smell – similar to rotting raspberries – lingers in your bedroom.
  • You find bite marks on your body when you wake up in the morning.
  • Small dark stains (bed bug excrement) are evident on bedding.
  • Patches of your own blood are visible on bedding.
  • You discover shed skin.

What can I do to minimise bed bugs in my home?

Some targeted housekeeping in your bedrooms can reduce the likelihood of a bed bug infestation.

  • Examine mattresses and bed frames regularly (bed bugs particularly like hiding along mattress seams).
  • Vacuum bedrooms thoroughly, including carpets, mattresses, floorboards and skirting boards.
  • Wash your bedding in hot water on a weekly basis (allow to dry naturally in the sun, or in a hot clothes dryer).
  • Inspect 2nd hand beds and mattresses carefully before buying them.
  • Repair cracks and crevices in walls.
  • Keep cupboards, drawers and wardrobes clean and tidy.

In addition to high levels of bedroom hygiene, it’s advisable to leave suitcases in the garage or bathroom overnight if you’ve been travelling (to tease out bed bugs).

How are bed bugs eradicated?

Effective treatment requires a professional understanding of bed bugs (their habits and life cycle) and the application of a suitable insecticide.


If you suspect bed bugs, please call ACT Pest Control on 1300 022 122 to discuss treatment options. Our pest control services in Canberra are highly-effective and affordable.


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