1/4 to 3/8 inch (4-5 mm)
Reddish brown or brown
Bed bugs are sometimes called “red coats”, “chinches”, or “mahogany flats”. The adult bed bug is a wingless insect that is flattened from top to bottom.
At the beginning of an infestation, bed bugs are likely to be found only in the tufts, seams, and folds of mattresses and bed covers. In areas of heavy infestation, bed bugs can be found in crevices in the bedsteads.
Bedbug Life Cycle:
The life cycle stages of a bed bug are: Egg, Nymph, and Adult. The females lay about 450 eggs, usually at the rate of up to 5 per day, in cracks and crevices in the floor or bed, and the eggs attach to any hard surface. Newly hatched bed bugs begin feeding immediately. They shed their skin five times before becoming adults.
Bedbug – Type of Damage:
They feed principally on human blood by piercing the skin with a long beak and sucking blood into their stomachs. They feed mostly at night, but will feed during the day if hungry and the light is dim.
In private homes, find all areas that bed bugs hide in during the day time. These must be treated with chemicals. In hotels, apartments, and other multiple-type dwelling places, bed bugs may spread from one unit to another using electrical wires and pipes as highways. All units should be inspected. Remove bird nests, if any.
Usually discovered in unsuspected areas such as in floor cracks, under carpets, behind loose wallpaper or wall pictures, in books, CDs and electrical outlets.
Who’s Responsible in Your Rented Apartment ???
Your landord is!
Read more on the law:
Article 4, Extermination and Rodent Eradication, Sec. 27-2018, Chapter 2, Housing Maintenance Code.
Useful tools for renters: