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BED BUGS

BED BUGS

What are bed bugs?

Cimex lectularius: What are bed bugs? Bed bugs are parasitic pests that feed on human blood while people sleep. Bed bugs are in the “cimicid family” and only feed humans on blood. Bed bugs are good hitchhikers and commonly infest public and private dwellings.

How to identify bed bugs

Size

Adult Bed Bugs are 1/4 inch long. Nymphs range in size between 1.3 mm to 4 or 5 mm.

Shape

Before Bed Bugs feed: they are flat, broad and oval in shape. After feeding, Bedbugs are swollen, and have an elongated shape.

color

Nymph Bed Bugs are almost colorless. Before an adult bed bug feeds it is mahogany in color. After feeding, adult bed bugs are a reddish brown color.

legs

Bed Bugs have 6 legs.

antennae

Yes…Bed Bugs have 2 antennae.

how do you get bed bugs?

Getting a bed bug infestation has nothing to do with cleanliness – You can pick them up in the finest hotels! Bed Bugs are very good HITCHHIKERS & spread just as easily. Bedbugs can be picked up ANYWHERE! You can help stay away from if you know what to look for. When Bed Bugs haven’t eaten, they’re oval in shape, and flattened from the top to the bottom. Once they eat, they plump up and turn reddish in color.

  • Hotels/Motels
  • Public Transportation
  • Thrift store or garage sale items not properly laundered before placed in home.
  • Visitors can bring them in on their clothes or luggage.
  • And many, more!!

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