Bed Bug


Actual size: Less than 6 mm

Characteristics: Oval, flat and mahogany brown to red-brown.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: No

Habitat: Single-family homes, apartments, hotels, hospitals, schools and college campuses, office buildings, retail stores, movie theaters, and even public transportation.


  • One female can lay 200 – 500 eggs in her lifetime.
  • Feeds exclusively on the blood of humans and mammals.
  • Bed bug feeding is usually painless; sleeping victims are typically unaware.

Bed Bugs in SE Louisiana and Mississippi

Nocturnal insects that feed exclusively on blood, bed bugs are found throughout Louisiana. While humans serve as their primary host, bed bugs also feed on mammals and birds. As one of the most resilient pests that plague people, bed bugs can be difficult to eliminate. Bed bugs usually feed at night while their host lays fast asleep. The bite from a bed bug is essentially painless, so they are rarely detected at the time of feeding activity. These blood-sucking pests survive for more than a year without a blood meal.

Bed Bug Habitat

Secretive pests, bed bugs remain well hidden in cracks and crevices of mattresses, luggage, backpacks, and upholstered furniture. Bed bugs conceal themselves in the seams and folds of luggage, overnight bags, bedding, furniture, and anywhere they can hide. Inhabiting areas where humans sleep or rest for extended periods of time, bed bugs feed at night. Quite often, bed bugs can be transported, unknowingly, from place to place as people travel. Bed bugs can be found in homes, hotels, apartment buildings, schools, medical facilities, and other areas frequented by the public.

Bed Bug Behaviors, Threats or Dangers

Although they are not known to spread disease, an allergic reaction from bed bug bites may require medical attention. Initial signs of a bed bug infestation may appear as bites on the skin or the appearance of small brownish dots on the bed. Bites from bed bugs are painless and maybe undetected on people who have been bitten. Welt-like swelling in a straight line on the skin of the bite victim may occur. Eliminating bed bugs in Louisiana can be complex, and hiring a professional bed bug exterminator is recommended.