[column width=”1/3″ place=”first” ] [/column] [column width=”2/3″ place=”last” ]Bed Bugs measure approximately 1/5 inch in length by 1/8 inch in width when they reach adulthood. They are reddish-brown in color and typically oval and flattened in shape. After feeding, the abdomen becomes engorged giving the bed bug a somewhat elongated appearance. Immatures are yellowish-white in color. The head bears piercing-sucking mouth parts which enable bed bugs to pierce the skin and retrieve blood from their hosts. The antennae have four segments and two compound eyes are visible. The wings are reduced to short pads and incapable of generating flight. Eggs are white and approximately 1/32 inch long.
Bed bugs prefer dark, dry places near the host they are feeding on. Look for bugs, eggs, and spots of undigested blood on all of your bedroom furniture, especially around seams and rips in your mattress and box spring as well as in the crevices of your bed, headboard, and nightstand. Try to take furniture apart if possible, to be thorough. Bed bug control can prove a difficult task, but with a variety of treatments and consistency, you can get rid of them.