Bed bugs

bed bugs

Gary Alpert, Harvard University, Bugwood.org

Description

Bedbugs are tiny (1/4 inch), fast-moving, oval-shaped, reddish-brown bugs.
 

Damage

Bed Bugs thrive in all kinds of conditions, hiding during the day behind baseboards, in mattresses, in the crevices in floorboards and behind furniture. At night, they come out and seek food by biting human hosts and sucking the blood. In addition to their painful bites, Bed Bugs leave dark excrement stains on linens. 

Even a sanitary home can develop an infestation of Bed Bugs, as they may be easily transported from an infested location via clothing, furniture and luggage.

Location

Bedbugs are found globally and are active year-round.
Cultural Solutions
  • Keep your home clean and sanitary, including vacuuming regularly.
  • Launder your sheets and linens and dry at 130 degrees for at least 30 minutes
  • Keep your mattress clean and sanitary.
  • Inspect used furniture that comes into your home for Bed Bugs.
  • Inspect living quarters and luggage during travel.
  • Inspect luggage after travel.

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