Bed bug Signs & Identification
Size: Adults are 1/4 inch. Nymphs range from 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm
Color: Fed are bed bugs brown to reddish brown. Unfed bed bugs are pale in color
Shape: Fed bed bugs are swollen while unfed bed bugs are flat and oval
Habits and Habitat
Bed bugs are masters of hiding and great at hitchhiking. Bed bugs get their name from feeding on humans in bed and other furniture. They can crawl on suitcases, clothes, bags, shoes and other personal items. They can be found anywhere in the world such as cars, bus, schools, work, hotels, motels, etc. Bed bugs are nocturnal but will come out during the day if there is a heavy infestation. Blood feeding takes about 10 minutes and then bed bugs will go back into hiding. Among the many places they harbor in homes are in the seams of mattresses, box springs, pillow cases, furniture, wallpapers, chairs, electrical switch plates and other furniture. But bed frames and baseboards and even in the spaces of wood floors are attractive areas for them to harbor while waiting for a blood meal. Female bed bugs lay about 12 eggs per day. Bed bugs mostly feed on human blood but will feed on other animal blood.
Signs of Bed Bugs
Bite marks anywhere on your body
Crystal like egg
Blood stains on your bed
Shed bed bug skin
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Get Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are hitch hikers. Bed bugs can be found anywhere such as in hotels, gyms, school, work, subways and other places. They will be able to crawl in your bags, clothes, and suitcases.
Do bedbugs transmit diseases?
Answer: Bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases agents as a vector, however studies have shown that 25 different disease organisms have been found in bedbugs.
Why is there such an increase in reports of bed bugs?
Answer: One reason is with the increase of international travel, frequent bedbug infestation has been reporting existing in many hotels. Bedbugs are also hitchhikers. Not only are they found in hotels, bedbugs can be in trains, movie theaters, taxi cars, offices, and schools. As a result, infestations are then spread to homes.
Do bed bugs only attack humans?
Answer: Bed bugs prefer to feed on humans; however they will readily feed on other host such as mice, rats, birds, and other animals.