We're sure you wouldn't want to stay in a hotel if you knew the room was "hosting" bed bugs, but would you be able to identify them if you saw them?
A recent poll conducted in the US showed that 6 out of 10 people said they would immediately change hotels if there were bed bugs in the room, yet only 3 out of 10 were able to identify a bed bug from a photo.
How to identify a bed bug
The characteristics of bed bugs vary slightly depending on the area they live in, but in general, adult bed bugs:
– are about the size of an apple seed
– if they have not been eaten recently they are flat, brown in color and elongated in shape
– if they have been eaten recently, their shape is more spherical and they have a reddish or brown color
– they are structured in three parts: head, thorax and abdomen
– have short, golden hairs
Bed bug nymphs are smaller in size and are usually transparent or yellowish in color.
On the fabric of a piece of furniture infested with bed bugs (e.g. bed or sofa) one can see tiny red or brown spots or the yellowish scales shed by their body.
Transport of bed bugs through luggage
Transport of used furniture - clothes to your premises
Bed bugs carried by pets
Shared spaces: apartment complexes, apartment buildings, rooms for rent, hotels, military units, etc.
Bedbugs transferred after control applications to a neighbor
A few words about bed bugs
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are ectoparasitic insects belonging to the family Cimicidae. They are characterized by their flattened, oval body and lack of wings. Adults are usually reddish-brown in color and grow to about 5-7 mm in length.
Bed bugs are exclusively hematophagous, meaning they need blood meals to survive and reproduce. They feed on human blood, but can also feed on the blood of other warm-blooded animals. They locate their hosts primarily through exhaled carbon dioxide, as well as other chemical cues and body heat. They usually feed for 5-10 minutes at a time and then move to their hiding place.
Bed bugs are most active at night and can be found in any residential building if conditions allow. They are not known to carry dangerous germs and bacteria, however their bites can cause itching, swelling and redness. Some people may also experience significant allergic reactions.
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