Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown insects that feed on blood. They need blood to grow and reproduce.
They hide from light and can be found on bed frames, mattresses, pillows, box springs, head boards and nightstands, behind baseboards and electrical outlet covers, or along the edge of the carpet. They can also be found in sofas, chairs, and other furniture.
They carry some diseases but have not been known to transmit any disease to humans.
Some people are not aware they are bitten and have no reaction to the bites. Others experience severe swelling, itching and irritation. People can develop secondary infections at bed bug sites.
Anyone can get bed bugs! An infestation does not mean the affected people are dirty.
Bed bug infestations should not cause shame or blame!