Description:

Bed bugs are a human parasitic insect that survives on human or warm blooded animal blood.  Bed bugs can be found in beds, furniture, pet beds, clothing, and near sleeping areas of their host.  Bed bugs can survive up to a year without feeding but they often feed every five to ten days.  Bed bugs are also very resilient and can survive in a variety of climates. Adult bedbugs are reddish brown flat oval shaped insects.  Young bedbugs are translucent but as the molt they become darker in color. An adult bedbug ranges in size from 4-5 mm in length and 1.3-3 mm in width.

Concern: 

Bed bugs can cause skin rashes, allergic reactions and psychological symptoms in their human host.

Action/Prevention:

Bedbugs can be brought into a home through used furniture, used clothing and pet supplies, as well as on a person or an animal. It is important to thoroughly wash used clothing and clothing worn while staying in hotels both overseas and within the United States.  It is important to examine used furniture or even have it treated by a pest control professional before bring it into your home.

If you find that your home is infested with bedbugs, the best course of action is to contact a pest control professional to evaluate and set up a course of treatment for your home.  Many products available to the general public do not work and can result in accidental exposure to harmful chemicals.

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