Bed Bugs are parasitic insects that have become an issue in residential, commercial and institutional settings. Bed bugs are opportunistic and can be accidentally picked up from many indoor environments so they are a potential problem for anyone.

The remainder of this document will briefly outline what you can do to monitor, control, prevent and deal with a bed bug infestation. Refer directly to the references at the end of the document for specifics on processes and for greater details.

Where they live, how they move and how to recognize them

Bed Bugs do not jump or fly but walk to and from their host and hiding areas. As such they prefer to hide and rest in areas near to where they feed such as mattresses, box springs, cracks in furniture, underneath cushions, in chairs and sofas, cracks between walls and baseboards, underneath area rugs, etc. They are visible to the human eye and adults resemble apple seeds in shape and can be about 10 mm in length. They become darker in colour after recent feeding. Their eggs are white, about 1 mm in size and very hard to see without magnification. The eggs are “cemented” to surfaces and therefore…