Bedbugs are small, reddish-brown parasitic insects that bite the exposed skin of sleeping humans and animals to feed on their blood. Although bedbugs aren't known to spread disease, they can cause other public health and economic issues.
According to the California Department of Public Health, while bed bugs prefer humans, they will feed on dogs and cats as well. Adults are 5-7 mm long, about the length of an apple seed, and are flat—a shape that is ideal for hiding in bed frames, molding, and box springs. Most bed bug bites happen at night.
Where do bed bugs come from? There are certain ways the insects come to your house and unsanitary conditions is not among the major reasons at all. People who have stayed in the most luxury and chic world hotels brought bed bugs with their clothes and other personal items, so even if you clean your rooms daily and thoroughly, unfortunately you are still not protected from infestation.
However, bed bugs parasitism on other mammals and birds is more like an exception, because these insects usually feed on human blood. Bed bugs are not very mobile insects. They cannot fly and run much slower than cockroaches, but they can survive without food for quite a long time.
Bed bugs are flat and small in size, allowing them to hide easily from view during the day when they are not active. They hide in mattresses, bed frames, bedding, furniture, carpets, baseboards and bedroom clutter. They are most commonly found in the seams of mattresses or inside box springs.
Bed bugs can come home with you from work. If you know what bed bug bites look like, you may recognize the threat before you bring it home. The bites from bed bugs are usually in a line or a cluster, and are often surrounded by a rash.