Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite: Tips for Prevention and Eradication


“Bed bugs” are small nocturnal insects that feed on blood. (Cimex  lectularius is the most common species of bed bug.) Some people who are bitten by them get itchy welts on their skin. However, the bugs have not been found to transit any diseases to humans.

Bed bugs are typically found on mattresses, box springs and bed frames, bedding, clothing, and in any dark cracks, seams, or crevices in beds, furniture, walls, or floors. They can travel through water pipes, wall voids, and ducts, and can spread from room to room.

Adult bed bugs are about 1/4-inch long and 1/8-inch wide; younger ones are smaller (often about 3/16 of an inch long or the size of a pinhead). They have flat, grayish-brown or reddish-brown bodies with six legs, and after feeding, they become round and red. They give off a sweet, musty odor. Their eggs are white and very small, and their excrement appears as tiny brown or black spots, which can look like small blood stains if smeared.

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Here are some rules for prevention, as well as tips for getting rid of bed bugs if they do appear.

Keeping Bed Bugs Out 

Tara Tompson
9/29/2014 3:19:25 PM

The last apartment I was in got bed bugs. I don't think I brought them with me but I want to make sure I didn't. My room wasn't infected but the one down the hall was and we share a washer. Thanks for all the great information!

6/16/2014 10:42:08 AM

I have heard of using essential oils especially cedar to get rid of them. I have my Sister-in-law using this method to keep them out of her home as she is in a area where they seem to be every where, does this truly work?

Tara Tompson
5/20/2014 2:14:24 PM

We just got our apartment sprayed for bed bugs. I want to make sure those bugs never come back! It was gross enough that the neighbors had them! Tara |

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