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  • Are you being bitten in bed?
  • Do you have wheals (red bite marks) on your arms, shoulders or back?
  • Blood spotting, faecal marks, egg cases on mattress and bed base seams?
  • Do you travel regularly, interstate or internationally?
  • Have you stayed in motels, backpackers or hotels that may have been infested?


You could have Bed Bugs!

Bed bugs are small crawling insects with a flat oval shape about the size of an apple pip.Their flattened body allows them to squeeze into small cracks and crevices and as a result they are hard to detect and eradicate. They are blood-sucking insects that require blood for nutrition and development.

Call Exopest – the Bed Bug Experts

Exopest is a specialist Company using new technology and a systematic approach to eradicate your bedbug problem – we can arrange an inspection and treatment today – call 1800 686 299 or send us an email now

More about bed Bugs

Bed bugs feed mostly at night when their host is asleep. Bites cause small, hard, swollen welts on the skin that may become inflamed and itch severely.There are five juvenile stages leading to the adult bed bug. Adults are about 6mm long, reddish-brown in colour with the juveniles (nymphs) a similar shape but lighter in colour and smaller. Eggs are about 1 mm in length, white to cream coloured and under magnification pear-shaped. They are well concealed and not always obvious.


Bed Bugs On Mattress


Bed Bug Life Cycle


Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs prefer to hide in cracks and crevices during the daytime and come out at night to feed on their victim. The blood meal takes three to five minutes and usually goes unnoticed by the victim; as the person is asleep! After feeding, the bite may become inflamed and itch severely in sensitive people. In extreme cases there may be a severe allergic reaction requiring urgent medical treatment.

Typical hiding places are in tufts, folds and seams of the mattress and base; cracks in timber bed framing and mattress slats and around the bed head. Harbourage is not limited to these areas and in all cases cracks and crevices in other areas need to be inspected. Including: carpet edges, picture frames, curtain folds, electrical fittings, wardrobes and any area into which bed bugs can squeeze.

The cryptic nature of bed bugs and their ability to hide in small inaccessible spaces means that they will be protected from pesticides unless applied thoroughly and correctly. Eggs are not affected by pesticides. Both characteristics have significant implications for treatment.

  • Blood spotting on bedding, mattress, base, as well as walls and furniture.
  • Live Bed Bugs (Adults & Nymphs) hidden in mattress seams folds bed bass etc.
  • Skin welts and irritation caused by the bites.
  • Sweet musty smell (less noticeable except in extreme cases or up close)
  • Shed Bed Bug skins and faeces in harbourage areas.
  • Bed Bug eggs in and around adults and nymphs.

The most commonly affected areas of the body are the arms and shoulders. Reactions to the bites may be delayed; up to 9 days before lesions appear. Common allergic reactions include the development of large wheals, often >1cm, which are accompanied by itching and inflammation.


Bedbug Spotting




Bedbugs In Mattress Seam

Control of bed bugs requires the cooperation of the building owner or premises manager, working along side the Exopest pest control technician. If an person suspects a bed bug infestation they should first ensure there is no chance of spreading the problem from room to room. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers, so do not spread the infestation by moving bedding, furniture etc from one room to another. In extreme cases it may be necessary to isolate all equipment and materials that come into contact with the infected room. Even minor infestations from a chance transfer can become a major problem.
  1. Inspection of the premises, room by room
  2. Treatment of the affected rooms
  3. Follow up inspection of treated areas


The essential first step in Bed Bug management is an inspection & insect identification – determining the extent and level of infestation. (Sometimes the insect in question is not a bed bug, but another biting insect like bird mites or fleas.) Site inspection is crucial. When this is known the Exopest technician can assess the treatment options and time needed for treatment.

After inspection in extreme cases, it may be better to discard the mattress and bed base – again ensuring that other items do not become infested. Care must be taken when moving affected items, sealing them in plastic bags before they leave the room is recommended. Bed linen should be washed in hot water followed by a hot drier. Sensitive materials can be placed in a freezer allowing enough time for the entire volume of the item to reach the temperature of the freezer.

Treatment- Non Chemical or Chemical ?


Treatment involves the direct application of a registered product to insect harbourages such as bed base, bed slats, carpet edges, tack board below carpet , cracks & crevices, wardrobes, and cupboards etc.

Follow Up

The room should ideally be quarantined for 7-10 days until a follow up inspection could declare the infestation dead. Reapplication would be necessary if live bedbugs were found on this visit and a further 7-10days quarantine of those rooms and a final follow up inspection. There is no warranty with Bed Bug treatments.

Steam –  is an interesting treatment option and we are currently researching the use of a non-chemical Bed Bug treatment using Steam. Bed Bugs are very sensitive to heat – whether extreme cold or extreme heat. Dry vapour steam at over 120 degrees Celsius instantly kills all adults, larvae and eggs and leaves no residual. Very safe to use and very effective. Steam can also be directly applied to mattress seams and edges – the very place the insects hide.


Inspection and thorough treatment are required to control bed bugs.

Commercial situations require cleaning staff to be trained in correct identification of bedbugs. Rooms can then be isolated to limit the spread of infestation. Exopest can provide Bed Bug training to Commercial customers with our qualified staff. Regular inspection of high-risk situations is recommended, particularly in the Hospitality and Accommodation industry. Exopest have a number of customers who have greatly benefited from our training courses and eradication treatments; therefore ensuring their guests get a good nights sleep

Domestic situations: we suggest if you are traveling frequently then check the mattress in your Hotel room regularly or invest in a mattress cover, which will help eliminate the most common harbourage sites.