Just thought I would share with you some info on bedbugs. Where are bed bugs found? Bed bugs can be found in places that are frequented or occupied by humans. Bed bugs are most commonly found in dwellings with a high rate of occupant turnover, such as hotels, hostels, dormitories, apartment complexes, movie theaters, and the like. Bed bugs also can infest private dwellings. Bed bugs can infest airplanes, ships, trains, and buses.

Physical characteristics

Newly hatched bed bug nymphs are translucent and lighter in color than adults. They continue to become browner and molt as they reach maturity. Nymphs go through five stages of growth and can range in size from 1.5 mm to 4.5 mm.

Adult bedbugs are reddish brown, flattened, oval, and wingless, with microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance. A common misconception is that they are not visible to the naked eye, but adults grow to about 5 mm (three-sixteenths of an inch) in length and do not move quickly enough to escape the notice of an attentive observer.

Feeding habits

Bedbugs can live for up to 18 months without a food source.
Bedbugs are generally active only at night, and their peak attack period is usually roughly an hour before local dawn. They will sometimes, however, attempt to feed at other times of day if food is near. Attracted by warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide, the bug pierces the skin of its host with two hollow tubes. With one tube, it injects its saliva, which contains anticoagulants and anesthetics. With the other, it withdraws the blood of its host. (Thanks to the anesthetics, when the host actually feels a ‘bite’ sensation, that is skin’s reaction to the bite, not the bite itself.) After feeding — a typical meal lasts about 5 minutes — the bug returns to its lair. Although bedbugs can live for up to 18 months without a food source, they will not voluntarily abstain from food for that entire time; if a food source is available, they will usually seek food on a weekly basis.

Many individuals erroneously associate bedbugs with filthy conditions. In truth, as mentioned above, they are attracted by exhaled carbon dioxide and not dirt, and feed off blood, not waste. They are found as often in immaculately clean locations as in poorly kept conditions.

While bed bugs have been known to harbor pathogens in their bodies, including plague and hepatitis B, they have not been linked to the transmission of any disease and are not regarded as a medical threat.