Bed Bug

Bed Bug

About The Pest

Blood-feeder; they don’t transmit disease and are considered nocturnal spending 90% of their time in hiding. Known as a hitchhiker pest, they travel easily from one location to the next by traveling on people and their personal belongings. They will hide in/around beds and items stored in close proximity. They often hide behind baseboards, in cracks and crevices, bedding and adjacent furniture (especially mattresses and box springs). Bed bugs feed during the evening from blood hosts. However, they are opportunistic insects and will feed during the day, especially in heavily-infested areas. Bed bugs usually require 5-10 minutes to feed and become engorged. After feeding, they move to secluded places where they will stay for 5-10 days. During this time in their life cycle they do not feed but instead digest their meal, mate, molt (shed shell), and lay eggs.

Seasonality

Bed Bugs remain active and can be a nuisance throughout the entire year.

Species
Cimex lectularius
Season
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Size
Adults are 1/4″ long / Nymphs are between 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm
Region
Throughout U.S.

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