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BED BUGS FEED ON BLOOD OF HUMANS BY PIERCING THE SKIN WITH THEIR ELONGATED BEAKS. ALTHOUGH THEY INFLICT MISERY ON THEIR VICTIMS, IT HAS NEVER BEEN PROVEN THAT BED BUGS CARRY DISEASE-CAUSING PATHOGENS IN THE UNITED STATES.

BED BUGS ARE WHITE AND ABOUT 1/32 INCH LONG. NEWLY HATCHED BUGS ARE TRANSLUCENT AND NEARLY COLORLESS. AS THEY GROW, THEY MOLT. AFTER EACH MOLT THEY ARE PALE IN COLOR, THEN BECOME BROWNISH AS THE EXOSKELETON HARDENS.

FEMALE BED BUGS WILL LAY ABOUT 200 EGGS DURING HER LIFETIME (3 OR 4 PER DAY). EGGS HATCH IN 6 TO 17 DAYS AND THE NYMPHS FIND A HOST AND BEGIN TO FEED ON BLOOD IMMEDIATELY. BED BUGS REACH MATURITY AFTER FIVE MOLTS. THEY MAY LIVE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS TO SEVERAL MONTHS WITHOUT FEEDING, DEPENDING UPON THE TEMPERATURE.

BED BUGS FEED MOSTLY AT NIGHT BY PIERCING THE SKIN OF PEOPLE WHILE THEY SLEEP. WHEN BED BUGS BITE,THEY INJECT A FLUID INTO A PERSON’S SKIN THAT ENABLES THE INSECT TO WITHDRAW BLOOD. OFTEN THE FLUID CAUSES THE SKIN TO BECOME IRRITATED,INFLAMED AND ITCHY.

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