Bed bugs most often congregate along seams and edges of mattresses and box springs. Blackish spots are excrement. Bed bugs often hide in seams, folds and crevices of mattresses, box springs, bed frames and headboards. A thorough inspection requires dismantling the bed so that upper and lower seams and surfaces can be examined.
Bed bugs are wingless, oval-shaped insects. Their bodies are small and flat and can be very hard to detect in your home. The bites usually look red and swollen with a dark red center, or there may
Bed bugs are small, flat wingless insects that are reddish-brown in color and approximately one-quarter inch long, before feeding (about the size and shape of a small apple seed). They hide during the day on beds (mattress seams, box springs, bed frames, headboards) and in cracks and crevices of walls, floors and furniture.
The scientific name for this family of bugs is Cimicidae. The most common Cimicidae, is the Cimex Lectularius. However, there are many varieties throughout the world.
Female bed bugs can deposit one to five eggs a day, and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in a bed bug's lifetime. Under normal room temperatures and with an adequate food supply, they can live for more
Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug, is the best known as it prefers to feed on human blood; other Cimex species specialize in other animals, e.g., bat bugs, such as Cimex pipistrelli (Europe), Cimex pilosellus (Western United States), and Cimex adjunctus (entire Eastern United States).