Bed Bugs are ectoparisite insects which have 6 legs,
antennae, and are nearly colorless until they mature. Adult bed bugs are
colored mahogany to rusty brown and can grow up to a quarter of an inch
Bed bugs like to travel and are good hitchhikers. They
will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply. They
are elusive, nocturnal creatures. They can hide behind baseboards and
in cracks, crevices, and folded areas of beds, bedding and adjacent
furniture, especially mattresses and box springs. Bed bugs can also
hide in electrical switchplates, picture frames, wallpaper and nearly
anywhere inside a home, car, bus, or other shelter.
Bed bugs usually come out at night for a blood meal.
However, they are opportunistic insects and can take a blood meal
during the day, especially in heavily-infested areas. Bed bugs usually
require 5-10 minutes to engorge with blood. After feeding, they move
to secluded places and hide for 5-10 days. During this time, they do
not feed but instead digest their meal, mate, and lay eggs.
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. Beg bugs are also known to
survive in temporary or alternative habitats, such as backpacks and
under the seats in cars, busses and trains. Bed bugs can also withstand
extreme temperatures, from nearly freezing to over 110 degrees
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.
Information on this page is from the National Pest Management Association, Inc.
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