Bed bugs are tiny biting insects similar in size and color to an apple seed.
They are parasites that feed on human blood, usually while the victim sleeps, leaving small bite-like marks on the skin and causing redness and itching. Bedbugs strike people of all walks of life and can make their home anywhere. They are most commonly found among people who have moved frequently, domestic and international travelers, or those who buy used furniture and clothing.
Bedbugs typically live 5 to 6 months, but can survive in a dormant state without feeding for over a year. Although they do not carry disease, bedbugs can cause considerable turmoil, anxiety, insomnia, and major headaches. They are very difficult to detect, often living in the seams of mattresses or box springs, or similar hiding spots (bed frames, furniture, cracks, etc.). Bed bugs are usually carried from place to place in luggage, furniture, and clothes. They reproduce rapidly and, once established, are extremely difficult to get rid of. A professional exterminator is the only way to truly eliminate an infestation. To learn more about bed bugs, talk to your health professional!