- Wingless insects of the family cimicidae.
- Small, flat, oval, reddish-brown body. Adults are about the size of an apple seed.
- Feed on human and animal blood.
- Active at night and bite any areas of exposed skin.
- Can infest a home and hide in crevices or cracks around beds or furniture.
- While some bites may go unnoticed, bites may also result in localized swelling and itching, and the areas may become inflamed or infected when scratched.
- Are not believed to transmit diseases to humans.
- Females lay from 200 to 500 eggs, which are covered with a glue and hatch in about 10 days. There are five progressively larger nymphal stages, each requiring a single blood meal before molting to the next stage.
- Can go without feeding for as long as 550 days.
- Can suck up to six times its weight in blood and feeding can take 3 to 10 minutes
- Adults live about 10 months, and there can be up to three to four generations of bedbugs per year.
Source: University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources.