CHARACTERISTICS:

  • As tiny as ¼ inch in length, but can grow to 4-5 mm
  • Incapable of moving quickly
  • Adults are brown or reddish-brown in hue while newly hatched nymphs are lighter in color
  • Oval and flat in size
  • Lack wings
  • Use piercing, sucking proboscis to penetrate the skin of host
  • Active mainly at night

WHAT ATTRACTS BEDBUGS?

  • Carbon dioxide
  • Warmth
  • Certain chemicals

effects of bedbug activity on humanS:

  • Numerous health effects
  • Skin rashes
  • Psychological effects
  • Allergic symptoms
  • Itchy red welt or swelling within a day or so of the bite


TREATMENT OF BEDBUG BITES:

  • Apply a skin cream containing hydrocortisone
  • Apply calamine lotion to dry the rash and protect the skin
  • Consult your physician if you have a severe reaction

PREVENTION OF BEDBUGS:

  • Vacuum mattresses and box springs to remove bedbugs and their eggs
  • Cover box springs and mattresses with zippered, vinyl covers
  • Keep beds away from wall
  • Wash bedding in hot water and dry on a high heat setting weekly
  • Keep bedding from touching the floor
  • Cover cracks along baseboards and molding
  • Seal holes where pipes or wires go through walls
  • Reduce clutter
  • Hire pest control service for high infestation