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How to Identify Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are insects that have three body regions (head, thorax and abdomen), six legs and a pair of antennae. Bed bugs have piercing-sucking mouth parts that they use to pierce the skin and then suck up blood(that’s their only source of food and water) All bed bugs are wingless.

What are Nymphs?

Nymphs are immature (young) stages of bed bugs. They grow by shedding their skin (molting), but they require a blood meal in order to molt. Bed Bugs have 5 nymphal stages, each slightly larger than the preceding one. Nymphs of all stages are smaller than the adult stage. Newly hatched

How easy is it for bed bugs to spread?

It’s unlikely that a bed bug would travel on you or the clothes you are wearing. You move too much to be a good hiding place. Bed bugs are more likely to be spread via luggage, backpacks, briefcases, mattresses, and used furniture.

Protecting Your Home from Bed Bugs

Protecting Your Home from Bed Bugs Bed bugs are great hitchhikers. They can move from an infested site to a new home by traveling on furniture, bedding, luggage, boxes, and clothing. Although they typically feed on blood every five to ten days, bed bugs can be quite resilient; they are

The Truth About Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs

MYTH: A bed bug–sniffing dog is the best way to identify an infestation. By Haniya Rae Truth: There are reputable handlers with well-trained bed bug–sniffing dogs and there are scammers with untrained dogs. There are also legit bug-sniffing dogs that occasionally make mistakes. “What I always say is, don’t just trust the

Bed Bug Awareness Week

Bed Bug Awareness Week June 3-8 2018 To help educate the public on the importance of bed bug prevention, the NPMA has declared June 3-9, 2018 as Bed Bug Awareness Week, a national observance recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events and is sharing the top findings from its 2018 Bugs Without Borders

Bed bug bites: What you need to know

Bed bug bites should heal on their own, but may be itchy and swollen in the meantime. Image credit: James Heilman MD, 2013 Bed bugs can bite anywhere on the body where there is skin. Typically, bites tend to occur on areas exposed during sleeping, such as: neck face hands

BED BUGS DISCOVERED IN BOOKS AT BRANDON LIBRARY

Hillsborough County has closed it’s Brandon Library branch for the next couple of days, after library workers found bedbugs in some recently return books. Author: Eric Glasser Published: 6:11 PM EST February 21, 2018 Brandon, Fla — Well, you’ve heard of bookworms, but how about book bugs? In this case,

When bed bugs go to school, what should parents do?

Helpful Advice for Parents: Because bed bugs often “hitchhike” into homes and schools on backpacks and coats, put these items into a dryer on high heat for 45 minutes weekly. Inspect items your kids bring home from school. Keep school items like backpacks, books and jackets in a single area

Integrated Pest Management

Bed bugs are parasites that seek out sleeping people or animals for a blood meal. After feeding, they hide. It is challenging, but not impossible, to prevent, detect and control bed bugs due to their small size and ability to squeeze into cracks and crevices, where they are often unnoticed. Pesticides alone generally will not eliminate bed