What is a Bed Bug?

Cimex lectularius Linnaeus

Identification: Adults are about 3/16” long; flat and broadly oval. They are brown to a reddish brown after they feed. Upper body is lightly covered with short golden hairs. Produces very sweet odor from scent glands.


Behavior: Hides in cracks and crevices during the day and feeds at night. Can be found around mattress buttons, and beading, box springs, and crevices of a wooden bed frame. May also be behind wall hangings, nightstands, stuffed furniture, and loose wallpaper, etc.


Humans preferred are the preferred food source, but will feed on poultry, canaries, mice, rats, bats, or English sparrows.


Lifecycle: Females lay 3 – 5 eggs per day, are white in color deposited in cracks or rough surfaces averaging appx. 200 eggs. Egg hatches in 21 to 120 days depending on temperature.



Range: Throughout and United States and the world

Images courtesy of University of Florida

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