Bed Bugs

Characteristics


Bed bugs are a small insect, about the size of an apple seed. Adult bed bugs are flat, oval and reddish brown in color. Bed bugs feed on human blood and can live for up to a year without a meal. They are usually active at night when people are sleeping. Bed bugs are very small, flat and fast.

Checking for Bed Bugs


If you think you have bed bugs check for:
  • Blood stains
  • Bugs
  • Droppings
  • Eggs
  • Shed skins

Habitat


Bed bugs can be found where you sit and where you sleep including:
  • Base boards
  • Bed frames and bedding
  • Box springs
  • Cracks and crevices in bedroom furniture
  • Door frames
  • Electrical outlets
  • Floor boards
  • Mattresses
  • Windows

Learn More


The University of Minnesota - Let's Beat the Bed Bug! page has more information on the insect. You may also email the Minnesota Bed Bug Hotline or call them at either 612-624-220 or 855-644-2200.