What are Bed Bugs ?

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on the blood of sleeping people and animals at night. During the day, they hide in dry, dark places.

The bites of bed bugs aren’t usually a health hazard, but they can be irritating. Scratching at them can cause infection.

If you’ve got bed bugs, you’ll need to find the infestation, then treat it with pesticide or a more eco friendly way.

Many people pick up bed bugs in their luggage when they’re travelling. You can also bring them into your home in second-hand furniture, bedding or clothing.

(Thank you to the Ministry of Health)


How Do I get rid of Bed Bugs ?


You can kill bed bugs by washing and drying bedding and clothing at high temperatures. However, it’s important to figure out where the actual infestation is, as they often hide in furniture and walls.

If you think you may have bed bugs, have a look in and around your bed. Bed bugs hide in dry, dark places, such as mattresses, headboards and bed frames, furniture, drapes, and cracks in walls and floors.

  • Adult bed bugs are a reddish brown colour. They have a flat oval body around 4–7 mm long.

  • Young bed bugs look the same, but are smaller.

  • Bed bug eggs are around 1 mm long and are white.

You may find live bugs, cast-off skins, eggs or faecal stains (small dark brown or black marks).

Check other bedrooms in the house, too: bed bugs can’t fly, but they can crawl short distances.

Once you’ve found the infestation, you can use a pesticide to kill the bed bugs: ask at your hardware store or supermarket. Alternatively, you could call Cleansmart. (If concerned about pesticides, ask about our "Steam Extraction Process", which is eco friendly.) as the heat will penetrate into much smaller crevices that cannot be inspected. Lethal temperatures for bed bugs range from 48 degrees Celsius to approx 52 degrees Celsius for an hour.

Or our Steam Extraction Process Bed bugs and their eggs will die on contact when exposed to surface temperatures above 180 degrees and a steamer can reach well above 230 degrees


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