What are bed bugs (bedbugs)?
Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. They’re known as bed bugs because they like to nest in beds and feed on the blood of sleeping people. Although bed bugs have not been proven to transmit any disease, their bites can cause itchy welts on the skin.
Why are bed bug reports on the rise?
Once a common problem in homes and businesses, bed bugs largely disappeared from the U.S. when modern insecticides were introduced after WWII. Since the late 1990s, bed bugs have come back strongly and infestations have been found across the country, but the reasons for this resurgence are not clearly understood. Factors such as increased international travel and immigration have likely contributed to the rapid spread of infestations.
What are typical signs of bed bugs?
Signs of bed bugs include bite symptoms, small brown (fecal) spots on bedding and small blood smears on sheets. Small translucent bed bug eggs may be found in tucks and folds of the mattress and box spring, behind headboards, along baseboards and any other site bed bugs are hiding.