Bed bugs are found worldwide including throughout the UK. They are nocturnal parasitic insects which feed on the blood of humans and other mammals.
By day they hide in cracks and crevices in beds, furniture, wallpaper and skirting boards emerging when hungry to feed.
Bed bugs are not regarded as disease carriers but their feeding can cause severe irritation in some people. Bites are usually found around the head, neck and upper body. Heavily infested rooms may smell unpleasantly of almonds. Blood spotting on bed clothes may also indicate an infestation.
We no longer provide treatments for bed bugs. Private sector pest control companies are able to provide this service - see the pests page.
South Derbyshire District Council