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Bed Bug Information bedbugs

Bed bugs are small, wingless, red-brownish, flattened insects that feed solely on the blood of animals. The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is the species most adapted to living with humans.


When do Bed Bugs Bite?

Bed bugs usually bite people at night while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin with an elongated beak through which they withdraw blood. Engorgement takes about three to 10 minutes, yet the person seldom knows they are being bitten.


What are the Symptoms of Bed Bugs Bites?

Symptoms can vary with the individual. Some people develop an itchy welt or localized swelling, while others have little or no reaction. Unlike fleabites that occur mainly around the ankles, bed bugs feed on any bare skin exposed while sleeping (face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, etc.). The welts and itching are often attributed to other causes, such as mosquitoes. For these reasons, infestations may go a long time unnoticed, and can become quite large before being detected. Bed bugs are not usually considered to be disease carriers.


Removal Techniques

Home owners can try different removal treatments specific for bed bugs, but may find it difficult to eliminate them on their own, since treatment usually requires repeating. Most home owners find it easier to hire a professional to rid their home of this resilient pest. Be sure to read and follow all label directions when using any pesticide product.

 

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(518) 565-4870

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Bed Bug Information bedbugs

Bed bugs are small, wingless, red-brownish, flattened insects that feed solely on the blood of animals. The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is the species most adapted to living with humans.


When do Bed Bugs Bite?

Bed bugs usually bite people at night while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin with an elongated beak through which they withdraw blood. Engorgement takes about three to 10 minutes, yet the person seldom knows they are being bitten.


What are the Symptoms of Bed Bugs Bites?

Symptoms can vary with the individual. Some people develop an itchy welt or localized swelling, while others have little or no reaction. Unlike fleabites that occur mainly around the ankles, bed bugs feed on any bare skin exposed while sleeping (face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, etc.). The welts and itching are often attributed to other causes, such as mosquitoes. For these reasons, infestations may go a long time unnoticed, and can become quite large before being detected. Bed bugs are not usually considered to be disease carriers.


Removal Techniques

Home owners can try different removal treatments specific for bed bugs, but may find it difficult to eliminate them on their own, since treatment usually requires repeating. Most home owners find it easier to hire a professional to rid their home of this resilient pest. Be sure to read and follow all label directions when using any pesticide product.

 

INFO BAR


Further Reading

CDC Information

NYSDOH Information


Contact Us
Clinton County Health Department
Environmental Health & Safety Division
(518) 565-4870

 ATUPA