Guide to Bed Bugs in Washington DC

Bed bug crawling on peach fabric

Bed Bugs are small insects that feed on human blood. They are nocturnal and use their piercing-sucking mouth parts to draw blood from their victim while they sleep. The saliva from a bed bug acts as both a numbing agent and anticoagulant. This allows the bed bug to feed uninterrupted without waking its host.

What do Bed Bugs look like?

Bed bug size and color depend on age. Newly hatched bed bugs that have not yet received a blood meal are clear-creamy white and roughly half the size of a grain of rice. Adults are reddish-brown and are roughly the size of a watermelon seed. All Bed Bug stages have six legs and a pair of short antennas.

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How do you get Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers! They travel with humans on their clothes, in their luggage, and even in their hair. Bed bugs can be found anywhere people are found. This means in public transportation, movie theaters, schools, hotels, airplanes, doctors' offices, and just about anywhere else you can imagine. Most commonly, Bed bugs are brought into a home after someone has traveled to a bed bug-infested place. The bed bugs conceal themselves in the traveler’s luggage during their stay and are carried back home once the trip is over.  However, they can also just as easily come home tucked behind the collar of a shirt after a night at your local movie theater.

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