Bed Bugs

PestPedia: Bed Bugs
Description

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

 

 

  Pest Facts
  • Color: Mahogany to rusty brown; red after a blood meal
  • Legs: Six
  • Shape: Flat; broad oval
  • Size: 1/4 inches
  • Antennae: Yes
  • Flying: No
  • Region: All 50

 

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

*Resource credit: Courtesy of the National Pest Management Association*