Bed Bugs

Bed bug under microscope
bed bug
bed bug on bed

The Environmental Health Department offers Nashua residents guidance on how to deal with bedbugs. If you have a concern about bedbugs, please take the time to educate yourself before you make any decision about furniture disposal or pesticide usage.


Bed Bug Basics


​Bed bugs are small wingless insects that do not fly​
​They depend upon blood from animal hosts as their sole source of food. (Feed ~every 5-10 days)
​They are flat, oval shaped, and a mahogany color as an adult​
​They can wedge themselves into any crack or crevice​
​They are most often nocturnal, but will come out in the day if an area is dark and they sense food is near​
​Most people are not awakened by bed bugs while being bitten​ Not everyone will show signs of being bitten
​Adults have been shown to live over a year with no blood meal​
​They can survive sustained heat and cold if given time to adjust​
​Not considered a filth pest​ No “grooming behavior” meaning ingestible insecticides do not work​
​Females typically lay about 5-7 eggs a week/500 eggs in lifetime​
​While some pathogens have been found in the gut of bed bugs, they have never been shown to transmit diseases to humans

Guide to Controlling Bed Bugs in Your Home
​Bed Bug Brochure (English) Bed Bug Brochure (Spanish)
Code Enforcement Bed Bug Law Brochure

Resources


​EPA
​CDC
​Bed Bug Central
​Home Visitor Safety
​Bed Bugs in Public Places
Bed Bugs in Shelters and Group Homes

​​Call 603-589-4530 for specific information or insect identification.