Bed Bug

Bed bug nymph (Cimex lectularius)

Bed Bugs…

Bed bug nymph (Cimex lectularius)
A bed bug nymph feeding on a host. Photo Credit: Piotr Naskrecki

Beg bugs are tiny, annoying, wingless pests that have flat, oval-shaped bodies. They dwell in dark, secluded spots like the folds of clothing, furniture and mattresses. They vary in size, from as small as a dot to the size of an apple seed. They can even find their way through walls and floors, so they spread easily. Bed bugs lay hundreds of eggs in the seams of fabric. These eggs are very tiny and sticky so they attach to the fabric well. Therefore, it is important to get rid of them at first sight.


Bedbug bites
Bedbug bites by James Heilman, MD cc3.0

These parasites survive on the blood of humans and animals, preferably humans. A bed bug bite is not deadly, but it is itchy and causes red bumps on the skin. Often it is the bite that alerts us to the presence of bed bugs, but other than that, try looking for their fecal spots (small, dark, sand-like droppings), tiny spots of blood on the sheets and even their empty molted exoskeletons. They also emit a stench like rotting raspberries, so that can help to find them as well.

Bed Bugs are featured in the following book:
25 Beastly Bugs and Insects

The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about Bed Bugs. Details of the videos featured are underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. A Bedbug’s Bite – Up Close! – Bang Goes the Theory – BBC
  2. Bed Bugs by NationalGeographic
  3. Bed Bugs Attack! by Kyle Tekiela
  4. K9 Bed Bug Investigations / Town and Country Solutions major bed bug infestation! by Mtpepsi
  5. Hundreds of Bed Bugs Biting a Man’s Arm by DarkBanquet1


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