Bed Bug – Cimex lectularius
- straw-colored to reddish-brown; may appear dark red in color after feeding
- approximately 1/4 inch in size
- oval-shaped, relatively flat bodies covered with short, golden hairs
- rest in crevices and cracks near or on furniture
- blood from a variety of animals, but prefer humans
- feed for about 10 minutes at night before retreating back to a sheltered crevice to digest the meal
- not known to transmit disease to humans, but a new study demonstrated that bed bugs, like kissing bugs, can transmit the parasite that causes Chagas disease.
- are difficult and costly to eliminate
- bites result in redness itching and swelling at the site, but reactions are variable
- infestations can cause sleeplessness and nervousness in those who have been bitten
Other Biting Insects and Arthropods
Controlling mosquito wrigglers (YouTube)
- Inspect and monitor areas with upholstered furniture as well as donations, lost and found items, and children’s belongings.
- Remove clutter.
- Seal cracks and crevices.
- Spraying alone is not recommended.
- If bed bugs are suspected, collect a sample and contact an expert.
Photo Identification of Bed Bugs, University of Arizona
Recognizing Bed Bugs (poster)