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Bed Bugs Facts You Need to Know

HOW DO I IDENTIFY BED BUGS?

A common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) adult is about ΒΌ-inch long, red to dark brown in color. Bed bug adults have a flattened body. Although they cannot fly, bed bugs are fast runners. Bed bug eggs and newly hatched nymphs are light to pale in color and are very tiny, about the size of the head of a pin.

HOW DO BED BUGS SPREAD?

Bed bugs spread very easily by hitchhiking on many different items found in the home. Items such as clothing, luggage, furniture, bedding, backpacks, animal cages, etc. Bed bugs infest almost any space they are able to occupy. Although their preference is wood and cloth surfaces, they have been found to inhabit hollow bird perches in cages, even electronic devices such as alarm clocks.

WHAT DO BED BUGS FEED ON?

The common bed bug prefers to feed on humans but has been found feeding on a wide range of warm-blooded animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and rodents. After feeding, bed bugs do not remain on the host animal. An adult bed bug can live more than a year without a blood meal.

WHAT ARE SIGNS OF A BED BUG INFESTATION?

Check for the following:
Red, swollen, welt-type bites that itch and occur while sleeping (bed bugs feed at night). Live bed bugs, eggs, molted exoskeletons and dark brown or rusty spots (excrement) are signs of infestation.
Bed bugs hide and lay eggs in mattress seams, box springs, bedding, sofas, carpeting, drapes and any crack or crevice as small as the width of a business card.

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