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Bed Bug Prevention

Bed Bug Basics

Characteristics of Bedbugs


  • Bedbugs are approximately 4-5 mm in length and 1.5-3 mm width; they are generally flattened and reddish brown in color. They resemble apple seed in appearance and size.
  • They can survive a wide range of temperature and atmospheric conditions and live without food for over a year.
  • Bedbugs are nocturnal and can be found hiding around creases or inside of mattresses, bedding material, electrical outlets, baseboards and other cracks and crevice that is located close to their food source.
  • Bedbugs usually go on exposed skin. The bites appear differently on everyone and are generally multiple, itchy reddish clustered rashes.
  • Bedbugs DO NOT transmit disease.

Resources for More Information

  1. Visit DOH for NYC Residents at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/bedbugs/html/home/home.shtml#
  2. Contact Complete Home Care Services supervising nurses to ask questions and note concerns.

Environmental Safety: Bed Bugs