Bed bug infestations are being reported everywhere people live and work: homes, dormitories, apartments, motels, hotels, schools, theaters, trains, buses, offices, hospitals, department stores – and the list goes on.
The best defense against them starts with knowing a little about them – what they look like, where they hide, and how they spread.
Adults are about ¼ inch long and reddish brown to dark brown in color.
*Please note: At-risk populations, such as diabetics or people with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to secondary infections.
The following resources will shed some light on the vampires who feed on people in their sleep. Also visit our Resources page to view studies cited throughout the site and for a more complete list of bed bug and termite information.
Podcast: Controlling Pesky Bed Bugs: Ellen Thoms, Global Technical Leader with Douglas Products, discusses the burgeoning bed bug problem in the United States and how to treat for them. Courtesy of Pest Management Professional magazine.
Dini Miller webinar: A webinar by Dini Miller, Ph.D., Department of Entomology in Blacksburg, VA. Dr. Miller shares her knowledge about the bed bug epidemic and discusses facts about bed bug infestations in this country and worldwide, as well as evaluations of different types of treatment options for bed bugs.
The most effective form of treatment for bed bugs is fumigation. There are alternatives to fumigation, but you should know the facts about each before you decide.