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Cimex lectularius


  • 3/16" 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.


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


  • 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.

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