Don’t believe everything you read. Get the facts about bed bugs and what they look like, identifying their bites and typical bed bug behavior.
What do bed bugs look like?
Color: Brown to reddish brown (after feeding)
Shape: Broadly oval & flat, looks like an apple seed and is about the same size.
What do bed bug bites look like?
- Not everyone reacts to bed bug bites and have some delayed reactions to the bite. Bite symptoms often appears in rows of several or more bites.
- Bed bugs have not been demonstrated to be effective transmitters of disease.
- Bed bug bite symptoms typically appears as red, itchy welts but can vary from one individual to the next.
Facts about bed bug behavior
- Bed bugs are elusive, nocturnal creatures and come out at night to feed exclusively on blood.
- Bed bugs are very resilient and may live up to 12 months without blood meal.
- Bed bugs are not caused by poor sanitation.
- Bed bugs are not limited to the bed or the bedroom but instead will disperse throughout a dwelling. They will crawl considerable distances to obtain a blood meal.
- Bed bugs like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to where human rest & sleep. They can be found behind baseboards, upholstery, and in furniture crevices. Other places to check are wall hangings such as picture frames, night stands, stuffed furniture, floorboard cracks, behinds loose wallpaper, light switches, door and window frames, conduits, etc. In heavy infestations, bed bugs may be found in wall voids, attics and other enclosed places.
- Bed bugs can be introduced into a structure via used furniture or in the belongings of someone who has been living in a bed bug infested situation.
- Bed bugs like to travel and will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply.
What should you do if you suspect you have bed bugs?
If you think that perhaps bed bugs have taken up residence in your home, it’s best to get a professional pest inspection right away. Bed bugs typically do not respond well to DIY treatments, and the more quickly you can put a control plan in place the better chance you have of stopping a true infestation.Written By Bob Kunst