Bed bugs are a pest of significant public health importance although they are not known to transmit disease.
People carry bed bugs on them as they travel from place to place. Bed bugs will also hide in the seams and folds of luggage, overnight bags, folded clothes, bedding, furniture, and in other small spaces. Most people do not realize they can transport stow-away bed bugs as they travel, potentially infesting new areas, including their homes.
Bed bugs are experts at hiding. During the day they crawl into the seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, cracks or crevices, behind wallpaper, and under any clutter or objects around a bed. Bed bugs come out at night to take a blood meal from the sleeping person. Their small flat bodies allow them to fit into small spaces where they wait for their next meal. They are able to live several months between blood meals.
One of the easiest ways to identify a bed bug infestation is by bite marks that appear on the face, neck, arms, hands, and any other body parts. However, these bite marks may take as long as 14 days to develop in some people.
Please see the resources below for more information on how to identify and deal with bed bugs.