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.


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.


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.


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.


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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