Bed Bugs

bed bug Photo credit: Oklahoma State University

Photo credit: Oklahoma State University

Bed Bugs

Scientific name: Cimex lectularius
(Hemiptera: Cimicidae)

Facts: Bed bugs feed primarily at night on the blood of warm-blooded hosts, especially humans. Their preferred habitat is bedding items such as mattresses and box springs, sofas, and other stuffed furniture frequently used by humans. Adult bedbugs will be approximately ¼ -inch in length, are reddish-brown in color and are flattened, oval, and wingless. Bed bugs feed at five- to ten-day intervals with their feeding period lasting about five minutes. Bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases. It is believed that they are moved from one place to another primarily by travelers in their luggage but they will move from one unit to another in multi-unit buildings.

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