Bed bugs

Bed bugs

Mostly absent from the U.S. for the past fifty years, bed bugs are making a comeback. Increased international travel and immigration, along with the loss of effective insecticides, has helped this insect spread faster than any other urban insect pest.  The following links and fact sheets should help you learn how to avoid and eliminate this pest where it is found.

Change in bed bug appearance while feeding

Human bed bugs change shape and color as they feed. Photos courtesy Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University.

General Information & Links

  • Bed bugs and your apartment (ENT-3013) – For apartment renters, how to recognize bed bugs and work with your apartment manager to prepare for an effective treatment.
  • Bed bugs (Kentucky ENTFACT 636) – Good summary of bed bugs that answers many questions about what they are, where they originate, and how best to control them.  Useful information for both the homeowner and pest management professionals.
  • EPA bed bug site. A federal government perspective on bed bugs, with links to reliable sources of information.
  • Recognizing bed bugs and their signs. Images of different bed bug life stages and settings where they may be found.

Professional Help

  • How to Select a Bed bug Control Provider (Ento-033) –  Got bed bugs? Time to call a professional.  This publication provides details on what to ask when looking for an experienced professional. Also, advice for apartment managers and tenants preparing for a bed bug treatment.
  • What is a bed bug interceptor? – One of the most useful tools in managing and monitoring bed bugs, these inexpensive devices are indispensable for apartment dwellers.

Do-it-yourself options

Resources for schools and governments

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