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What do bed bugs look like?
Bed bugs are small, flat insects. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color and do not fly. Bed bug eggs and nymphs are tiny and can be very difficult to see. Bed bug adults can be up to 1/3 inch or about the size of President Lincolns head on a penny.
Bed bugs often bite people at night during sleep. One of the easiest ways to identify a bed bug infestation is by the tell-tale bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands or any other body parts while sleeping. It is important to look for other bed bug clues where you sleep. These clues include bed bug skins after molting, blood spots on bedding, or a sweet musty odor.
Bed bug bite marks are similar to that of a mosquito or a flea -- a slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating. It is hard to tell if youve been bitten by a bed bug unless you find bed bugs or signs of infestation. When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten. Most people do not realize they have been bitten until bite marks appear from one to several days later.
Bed bugs are not known to spread disease.
To cope with bed bug bites try to avoid scratching and apply antiseptic cream or lotion. Maybe take an antihistamine. People who excessively scratch itchy bug bites can increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.
Bed bug bites affect everyone differently. Some people may have no reaction and will not develop bite marks or visible signs of being bitten. Other people may be allergic to the bed bugs and can react with enlarged bite marks and painful swelling at the bite site. Bed bugs bites are not considered to be dangerous, though an allergic reaction may need medical attention.
In addition to the information on this page, we can recommend the information on theEnvironmental Protection Agencys bed bug webpageand theUniversity of Tennessees bed bugs webpage. These websites are updated regularly and have high-quality, peer-reviewed information and photographs of bed bugs.
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Bed Bugs - Tennessee
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- Bedbug infestation is requiring entire Tennessee legislative office building to be treated - Tennessean - November 25th, 2020
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- Biology and Identification - University of Tennessee system - January 14th, 2020
- The Fastest Way To Get Rid Of BedBugs Nashville Bed Bugs - April 17th, 2019
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- Bed Bugs - tn.gov - March 2nd, 2018
- Alexandria VA Bed bug Hotel and Apartment Reports - January 18th, 2018
- Kingsport Senior Center sprayed for bed bugs - Kingsport Times News - June 14th, 2017
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- Affordable rental housing hit hard in Knox, elsewhere - Knoxville News Sentinel - February 20th, 2017
- UT's Science Forum crawls into spring semester - UTDailyBeacon.com - February 6th, 2017
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- Cost of bed bugs extermination service - Orkin.com - January 4th, 2017
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- Bed bugs discovery closes Rogersville senior center, library - March 13th, 2015
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- Woman claims bed bugs bit her while at Hollywood movie theater - January 14th, 2015
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- Reports of Bed Bugs in Nashville Hotels - Nashville ... - May 25th, 2014
- Bed Bugs Biting in Tennessee Motel - May 9th, 2014
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- Bed Bugs in TN | Bedbug Exterminators in Tennessee - December 31st, 2013
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- Bed bugs in PF? - Pigeon Forge Forum - TripAdvisor - December 28th, 2013
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- Bed Bug Registry Database Tennessee, Usa, National Bed Bug ... - November 27th, 2013
- The Best Bed Bug Exterminators in Virginia or Tennessee. Bar None! - November 8th, 2013
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- Reports of Bed Bugs in Pigeon Forge Hotels - Pigeon Forge ... - November 3rd, 2013
- New Research Reveals Bed Bugs' ability to transfer harmful bacteria - June 8th, 2012
- Chappell's Pest Control canine demonstration - Video - June 5th, 2012
- Days Inn O'Fallon sued following alleged bed bug infestation - May 12th, 2012
- Knox hotel first in TN to lose operating license - March 28th, 2012
- Knoxville Bed Bug Prevention Arrow Exterminators - Video - December 8th, 2011
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- Nashville, TN bed bug control | Reeves Pest Control - Video - December 2nd, 2011
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- Dog Inspectors TV Commercial - Video - October 13th, 2011
- How to Control Bed Bugs in Your Home - September 20th, 2011
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- Scabies, Bedbugs and Swimmer's Itch - September 11th, 2011
- Dog Inspectors on Channel 2 News Nashville - September 8th, 2011
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- Nashville Metro Public Health Dept. conference on bed bugs - September 6th, 2011
- Bed Bug Summit Nashville Tn - Bed Bug Dog - September 5th, 2011
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- "Day 6-9 Shaconage to Memphis" Rolls's photos around Memphis, United States (bed bugs tennessee) - August 26th, 2011
- Dog Inspectors - Bed Bug Dog Tennessee - August 23rd, 2011
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