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Name: Bed bug

Size: 1/16 inch

Color: Reddish brown

Where found: Mattress, couch cushion, baseboards

Potential treatment: Interior

Bed bugs are a serious concern for many, especially as travel for both business and pleasure has become more prevalent in recent years. Bed bug infestations frequently occur when unsuspecting travelers bring them home in suitcases. Hotel rooms, and bus and plane baggage areas are the most common places to pick them up.

Look for these critters in the seams of mattresses and couch cushions. They are 3/16 of an inch long and reddish-brown in color. They are about the size of an apple seed and will appear swollen after a blood meal.

Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood, and will favor mattresses, sheets and furniture for nesting. An infestation, however, will also find them at all stages of life cycle behind baseboards, inside electric outlet plates and within picture frames. Evidence of an infestation can include dead bugs and black spots caused by their feces.

With optimum food and temperature conditions, females will lay one to five eggs daily, and as many as 500 in a lifetime. They can survive several months without a meal, but with an adequate food supply, an adult bed bug can live as long as one year.

Bed bugs can be a major nuisance and extremely difficult to eradicate. An infestation can find residents with multiple bites, which can cause welts, severe itching and allergic reactions.

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