PestPedia: Bed Bugs
Bed bugs get their name because they like to live and feed in beds.
- 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
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. 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*