Bed Bug

Category:

Actual size: Less than 6 mm

Characteristics: Oval, flat and mahogany brown to reddish-brown.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: No

Habitat: Single-family homes, apartments, hotels, hospitals, schools and college campuses, office buildings, retail stores, movie theaters, and even public transportation.

Habits:

    • It requires a blood meal to reproduce.
    • Nocturnal pests, feeding at night when their hosts are sleeping.
    • About the size of an apple seed, their bodies can appear larger after feeding.

Bed Bugs in  Knoxville TN

Found throughout Knoxville, bed bugs are nocturnal insects that feed exclusively on the blood of humans and mammals. Small and agile, bed bugs crawl into suitcases, backpacks, and belongings. These pests remain well hidden in cracks and crevices located in places where they are not likely to be disturbed. Typically feeding at night while their hosts lay fast asleep, bed bug bites are painless and rarely detected at the time of feeding activity. Hungry bed bugs may also feed during the daytime, especially if this is when the occupant normally sleeps. 

Bed Bug Habitat

Living in almost any crevice or protected location, bed bugs most often inhabit areas where humans sleep or rest for extended periods of time. Unknowingly, bed bugs are often transported from place to place as people travel. These blood-sucking pests conceal themselves in the seams and folds of luggage, overnight bags, bedding, furniture, and anywhere they can hide. Bed bugs can be found in homes, hotels, and apartment buildings. Schools, medical facilities, and other areas frequented by the public are also popular locations where bed bugs can occur.

Bed Bug Behaviors, Threats or Dangers

Although they are not known to spread disease, bed bugs can be an annoyance. Dealing with bed bugs can lead to anxiety and loss of sleep. The first sign of a bed bug infestation is typically bites on the skin. The appearance of small brownish dots on the bed is another indication of a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs gain access to people through used furniture, bedding, luggage, or objects that move from place to place. Bed bug bites are painless, therefore, many people do not realize they have been bitten. Welt-like swelling in a straight line on the skin is a sign of bed bug bites. Controlling bed bugs is not a DIY job and if you think you may have an infestation, contact a professional bed bug exterminator.