Bed Bugs General Information

Cimex lectularius

Color: Mahogany to rusty brown; red after a blood meal

Legs: 6

Shape: Flat; broad oval

Size: 1/4

Antennae: Yes

Flight: No

Bed bugs get their name because they like to live and feed in beds.

Habits

Bed bugs like to travel and will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply. They are elusive, nocturnal creatures. They can hide behind baseboards, electrical switchplates, picture frames, even wall paper. They come out at night for a blood meal.

Habitat

Bed Bugs like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to a human environment. They can be found behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, and in furniture crevices.

Threats

Although bed bugs can dine on any warm-blooded animal, they primarily dine on humans. Bed bugs do not transmit diseases, but their bites can become red, itchy welts.

Prevention

Vacuum suitcases after returning from a vacation.

Check your bedsheets for tell-tale blood spots.

Consider bringing a large plastic trashbag to keep your suitcase in during
hotel stays.

Carry a small flashlight to assist you with quick visual inspections.

Bed bugs are elusive creatures, so it is imperative to seek professional
pest control to address an infestation.

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