Bed bugs usually bite people while they are sleeping, feeding on blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed from three to 10 minutes and leave behind itchy welts.
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The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius), which had almost disappeared in the United States, has made a strong comeback over the past decade. The keys to preventing a major bed bug infestation are early recognition, correct identification and prompt treatment.
Adult bed bugs are:
- Just under 1/4" long
- Relatively flat
- Nearly as wide as they are long
- Brown to reddish-brown in color
You may also wake up with reddish bite marks or welts that itch. However, these bites or welts themselves should not be considered absolute proof that you have a bed bug infestation. It is possible that you were bitten elsewhere without bringing bed bugs home. Also, people react differently to bed bug bites. Some people get skin irritations, infections and scars from scratching bed bug bites.
If you think you have bed bugs, contact us immediately.