Bed Bugs and bed bug eradication

Bed Bugs


If you think you have a bed bug infestation, read the advice below and contact: 

Forest of Dean Pest Control on: 07842 822522. This is a 24/7 Bed Bug Hotline. 

About Bed Bugs

Adult bed bugs look a bit like lentils and are visible to the naked eye. They are oval-shaped, flat and reddish-brown, and up to 5mm long. 

Females lay 200-500 eggs over a two-month period. These white specks stick to surfaces and are very difficult to spot (spraying or dusting will not kill bed bug eggs). 

They hatch as tiny straw-coloured insects that take about six to eight weeks to grow into adults. As they grow, they shed their skin, which looks like mottled brown shells on your mattress. 

Bed bugs need to feed on blood to be able to mature, but they are very resilient. Adults can survive for up to a year without feeding. 

They are not attracted to dirt, so a bedbug infestation is not a sign of an unclean home.

How to Spot Them

Bed Bug Eradication in Chepstow, Pest Control Services in Coleford and throughout Gloucestershire.

Look for any unexplained skin rash or itchy bump (although not everyone develops these)


Look out for black spots on your bed slats, headboard, mattress or bed base – these could be their dried faeces 

Look for mottled shells that bed bugs may have shed 

Check your sheets for blood spots where you may have rolled over and squashed a bed bug after it has fed


Inspect all the crevices and joints of your mattress and furniture using a torch, and see if you can spot any bugs 

Where to Find Them

Because their bodies are flat, bed bugs can squeeze into the smallest crevice or crack, such as a mattress seam or the joints of a bed frame. This can make them very difficult to spot.

They tend to prefer fabric or wood over plastic and metal, and often hide near to where you sleep, for example under the mattress or along the headboard.

Bed Bugs will travel several feet if necessary to reach a food source (you!), so they can also be found away from the bed in other furniture, along the edges of carpets and even behind mirrors or inside smoke alarms. In fact, they can be found almost anywhere in the bedroom where they will not be disturbed. 

How Bed Bugs Spread

Once introduced into your home, bed bugs can spread easily from room to room. They do not fly or jump, but crawl quickly from area to area.

They can soon spread throughout a building by crawling through holes in walls or pipes, and can potentially invade homes, blocks of flats, hotels, hospitals, aeroplanes, trains and tube trains, theatres and any other places humans go to or occupy.

Bed Bugs can also be transported in luggage, clothing, furniture and bedding from one building to the next. 

This makes it easy for tourists and commuters to unknowingly spread bed bugs.

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

It can be extremely difficult to get rid of a bed bug infestation from your home, so it is wise to contact your local council or a pest control firm. Make sure any pest control company you contact is a member of the National Pest Technicians Association (check the credentials of the company first).


Depending on how bad the infestation is, and how many rooms are affected, pest controllers can usually get rid of bed bugs with three treatments in most infestations.


Forest of Dean Pest Control will carry out a thorough inspection, which may take a few hours. We will use specially designed equipment and techniques to locate the bed bugs. Once we have completed the inspection we will give you best advice and explain the investment required to eradicate the infestation. 

We do not charge for this inspection so there is no cost involved to get the advice from us.

We Do Not Recommend Tackling the Bed Bugs Yourself.