Nocturnal parasite feeding on mammalian blood, principally human but also in pets. They hide during the day in crevices in beds, furniture, wallpaper, skirting boards and only emerge when hungry – usually every few days to feed.
They produce about 200 eggs laid at a rate of 4-5 a day, glued in crevices. Bites can cause a severe allergic reaction.
The bedbug is found throughout Britain, becoming more common in hotels and hostel accommodation. It is associated with human habitation, hiding in furniture and structural cracks and crevices, emerging at night when hungry to search for blood meals.