||Unfed adults are mahogany; engorged bed bugs are red-brown. Nymphs are nearly colorless.
||Flat, broad oval when unfed; swollen and elongated when fed.
||Adults are 1/4 inch long. Nymphs range from 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm.
||Found throughout U.S.
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Bed bugs (picture on the left) likely get their name from their
habit of feeding on humans while they sleep in their beds. They are
found in virtually every place people tend to gather, including
residences, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores and even public
If you do identify bed bugs in your home, contact a pest
professional promptly. They will be able to inspect your home,
confirm the species and recommend a course of bed bug
Bed bugs like to travel and are good hitchhikers. They will hide
in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply. They are
elusive, nocturnal creatures. They can hide behind baseboards and
in cracks, crevices, and folded areas of beds, bedding and adjacent
furniture, especially mattresses and box springs. Bed bugs can also
hide in electrical switchplates, picture frames, wallpaper and
nearly anywhere inside a home, car, bus, or other shelter. Bed bugs
usually come out at night for a blood meal. However, they are
opportunistic insects and can take a blood meal during the day,
especially in heavily-infested areas. Bed bugs usually require 5-10
minutes to engorge with blood. After feeding, they move to secluded
places and hide for 5-10 days. During this time in the bed bug life
cycle, they do not feed but instead digest their meal, mate, and
So where do bed bugs live? Bed Bugs like to hide in small cracks
and crevices close to a human environment. They can be found behind
baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, and in furniture crevices. Beg
bugs are also known to survive in temporary or alternative
habitats, such as backpacks and under the seats in cars, busses and
Although bed bugs can dine on any warm-blooded animal, they
primarily dine on humans. Bed bugs do not transmit diseases, but
their bites can become red, itchy welts.