Bed Bugs

Identification, treatment, & prevention information.


Identifying Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a relatively common, but tough to spot parasitic insects that feed only on blood. They are incredibly small, and more likely to appear in unhygienic areas, such as in hostel or hotel beds that are not properly cleaned… or even at home! However, crowded places are more conducive to bed bug infestations, rather than uncleanliness. These insects bite the victim (often humans) and feed on their blood. The bites themselves are tiny, and look similar to hives - small, red bumps, often in clusters. However, they can cause both physical and mental health problems so vigilance is important.

Where the Pest is Found

There are two types of bed bugs in Australia - the common bed bug and the tropical bed bug. The common bed bug is the one most often found in homes and hotels, while the tropical bed bug, as the name suggests, is found in tropical climates, such as northern Queensland. Both species measure between 1mm and 7mm. They crawl in and under tight spaces and are often carried on clothing or bedsheets. Both species stick to dark spaces. They feature six legs, two antenna and are coloured from black to golden brown.

At Oracle Services, our team of pest control specialists utilises a range of technology and environmentally friendly treatments to safely remove bedbugs for good.

Bed Bug Traits

Exploring the Distinctive Characteristics and Habits


Six legs


Small head


Oval body


Golden brown colour


Found in clothing and under sheets


Two small black eyes


Miniscule, hard to spot


The Bed Bugs Species

Common Bed Bugs

The common bed bug usually has a slightly more narrow body than the tropical bed bug, and may be a darker brown, featuring some reddish colouring. They shed their skin as they develop, and move similarly to ants. They may appear as tiny dark spots in your bed, or may look like small pieces of dirt or debris upon first glance.
Common Bed Bugs

Tropical Bed Bugs

Tropical bed bugs have a slightly more bulbous body than the common bed bug, and their colouring tends to be a little lighter. They are found in tropical areas and shed their skin as they develop through each life stage. They also appear similar to specks of dirt or debris at first glance, and move like ants.
Tropical Bed Bugs

Treatment Options for Bed Bugs


Professional Pest Control

Consult a pest control expert for large and difficult bed bug infestations. We’ll assess the situation and apply a bespoke treatment to get rid of bed bugs once and for all.


Pesticide sprays

We utilise safe pesticide sprays that eliminate bed bugs quickly. We always conduct these treatments in an environmentally-friendly manner.


Dusting powders

Dusting is an effective approach to destroying bed bugs but should be done by expert pest specialists.



Insecticides are strong treatments that will eliminate bed bugs quickly. They must be used correctly - we only utilise insecticides that are safe, and do not harm the environment.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips


Change bedding regularly

Changing bedding on a regular basis can help keep bed bugs away, but it’s important to remember they do not appear just because of unclean sheets.


Check clothes

Bed bugs can be carried on or within clothing, particularly thick jackets. Make sure you check and wash your clothing thoroughly if you spot a bed bug.


Dust and vacuum often

Dusting and vacuuming bedrooms and other areas that are prone to bed bugs will help prevent an infestation.


Get expert advice

We’re always here to offer an assessment and advice on how to prevent an infestation of bed bugs. Our pest control experts are just a call away.

A Combination of Treatment and Prevention is Essential

At Oracle Services, we know that preventing bed bugs is always a better option than treating it down the track. However, it’s not always easy to spot these miniscule parasites, until they begin biting. This is exactly why expert pest inspections are so beneficial. Our team of technicians apply all of their skills and knowledge to discover and eliminate any bed bug infestations at home or in a commercial setting, before they become a big problem.


Our Bed Bug Treatment Process

Step 1


The first step is a thorough inspection of your home or business. We’ll take the time to identify the type of bedbugs that you are dealing with and the source.

Step 2


Once we have completed the inspection and identified the source of the infestation, we’ll consult with you regarding treatment.

Step 3


We’ll plan the most effective strategy to eliminate bed bugs from your home or business quickly and safely, aiming to ensure they don’t reappear again.

Step 4


Our expert technicians will execute our pest control plan to maximum effect, aiming to eliminate bed bugs inside while keeping you safe.

Step 5


Once we’ve completed the pest control service, we will provide you with a plan to help prevent a re-infestation of bed bugs, giving you peace of mind.


Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most common questions we get asked about pest control for bed bugs.

There are a few common causes of bed bug infestations. Purchasing secondhand furniture or clothing commonly results in bed bugs spreading throughout your house. Similarly, travel often spreads bed bugs from hotel to hotel, or hostel to home.
Getting rid of bed bugs is difficult without expert help. Therefore, to truly eliminate them entirely, we’d always recommend working with a pest control technician. We’re equipped with the most effective treatments, and know how to use them best. We’ll perform a thorough elimination service, destroying your bed bugs once and for all.
The best treatment for bed bugs is the one that suits your situation. Most treatments require a tailored process, and that’s exactly what we focus on. It may be a case of simply using an insecticide spray, or there may be multiple applications required. We’ll discuss all of this when we consult on your infestation.

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