Bed Bugs- Pest Fact

Common name


Scientific name

Cimex lectularius Hemipterus (tropical) 

Cimex lectularius Lectularious (sub tropical) 




Size (Adults)

4 – 5mm

Body shape

6 legs with antenna, body is segmented into 3 parts, oval and flat

General body colour

Brown to reddish brown (after feeding) 


May live for up to 316 days, and a typical female of the species can lay up to 541 eggs during that time


No wings


Excellent hitch-hikers

Pest Behavior 

  • Can be found in many places especially in cases of heavy infestations – bedrooms, theatres, bus seats, luggage etc
  • Feeds on human blood
  • Easily disturbed while feeding
  • Pregnant bedbugs have the potential to cause an infestation within a few months

General Control Habits/Safety

1. Identification
  • Cream-colored eggs
  • Heavily infested areas give off sickly sweet smells
  • Black spots (bedbug excrement) along the bed, walls etc
  • Bites which itch and form welts or bumps

2. General Control Techniques
  • Call ORIGIN to confirm if you have an active bedbug infestation, and to find out more about the treatment methods associated
  • ORIGIN offers a specialized detailed inspection by Sparky the dog, who can locate bedbugs through their distinctive scent 

3. Prevention
  • Wash bed sheets and clothes at high temperatures (>60°C)to kill bedbugs
  • Inspect luggage and bags when returning from a holiday to ensure that bedbugs are not transported into the house

ORIGIN Exterminators is the first pest management company in the world to be awarded ISO 14001 EMS certification