Bed Bug

Actual Size: Less than 6 mm

Characteristics: Oval, flat and mahogany brown to red-brown.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: No

Habitat: Single family homes, apartments, hotels, hospitals, schools and college campuses, office buildings, retail stores, movie theaters and even public transportation.

Habits:

  • Bites are painless and often go undetected.
  • Bed bugs feed primarily on the blood of humans.
  • Prefer environments with a temperature range between 70-80℉
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Bed Bugs in Santa Fe and Albuquerque NM

Found throughout Santa Fe, bed bugs are resilient pests that feed exclusively on blood. Humans serve as their primary host, however, bed bugs also feed on birds and mammals. The flat oval body of a bed bug allows them to remain well hidden in cracks and crevices. Although they typically feed at night while their host lay fast asleep, bed bugs will also feed during the day.  Depending on temperature and humidity, bed bugs can live for a year without a blood meal. Their bite is essentially painless, so they are rarely detected at the time of feeding activity. 

Bed Bug Habitat

Bed bugs live and breed where humans sleep or rest for extended periods of time. Concealing themselves in the seams and folds of luggage, overnight bags, bedding and furniture, bed bugs can be difficult to detect. The box spring of a mattress is a favorite hiding place of bed bugs, as well as, cracks and crevices on the bed-frame or headboard.  Bed bugs can be found in homes, hotels, apartment buildings, schools, medical facilities and other areas frequented by the public. Bed bugs do not have to feed every night and can go several days between feedings. However, they do require a blood meal every time they advance into a new lifecycle and shed their skins. 

Bed Bug Behaviors, Threats or Dangers

Bed bugs are not known to spread disease, although allergic reactions to their bites may require medical attention. To the untrained eye, bed bugs can look like any other tiny pest. Bed bugs leave a mark when crushed, so the appearance of small brownish dots on sheets is an indication of an infestation. Welt-like swelling in a straight line on the skin is another sign that bed bugs may be present. Eliminating an established bed bug infestation can be difficult and costly, so it’s best to consult a bed bug exterminator if you suspect you may have an infestation.