Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals.
Adult bed bugs are oval, wingless, about 1/5 inch long, and rusty red or mahogany. They’re known as bed bugs because they like to nest in beds and feed on the blood of sleeping people. Although bed bugs have not been proven to transmit any disease, their bites can cause itchy welts on the skin.
Bed bugs are widely distributed but most frequently found in the northern temperate climates of North America, Europe, and Central Asia. Their growth and development is optimal when they feeds on humans; however this insect also feeds on other species of mammals and birds found near the home including chickens, mice, rats, and rabbits.
Until recently, bed bug infestations were thought to be associated primarily with crowded and dilapidated housing. However, Bed Bug infestations have undergone a resurgence and can be found even in the finest hotel and living accommodations. The reasons for the resurgence are not totally understood but appear to involve increased human travel, ease of movement of infested luggage and items, and changes in the pesticides available to control this pest.
Bed bugs typically hide in places like seams in mattresses and box springs, cracks in bed frames, under loose wallpaper, behind picture frames, and inside furniture and upholstery. Occasionally people pick up bed bugs in theaters or on buses and trains. They also can bring them into their home on clothing, bedding, luggage, or firewood.
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