Bed Bug

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

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How to Identify an 

Bed Bug

Bed Bugs have six legs, are oval shaped with flat bodies and never have wings. Adult bed bugs are reddish brown in color. Adults are about the size of an apple seed.

Juvenile bed bugs start off as a light tan or straw color and get darker as they become adults.

Where do they come from?

Bed bugs are synanthropic meaning that they live with people. They do not come from outside or nature, but instead are brought in to homes or business on personal belongings, used furniture, or houseguests. Bed bugs can also travel through walls in multi-family dwellings.

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What do they look like?

Adult bed bug exposed to insecticidal dust
Bed bug exuvia (shed skin)
Bed bug eggs and fecal spots
Bed bug eggs on a suitcase. Notice how small they are!
Here you can see blood globules inside a bed bug that has just finished feeding
Bed bug feeding
Bed bug fecal spotting

Where do they live?

Adult female bed bugs lay 1-5 eggs per day. Females begin producing eggs a few days after a blood meal typically when they are in their harborages. These harborages are often located close to their host (people) under box springs, in cracks and crevices of bed frames, in tufts and folds of bed skirts, and seams and undersides of couches and chairs that are frequently used.


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