About Bed Bugs


From the Vermont Department of Health website:

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood. They are usually active at night when people are sleeping.

Bed bugs bite – but do not transmit disease. Bed bugs painlessly feed on their host, injecting a tiny amount of saliva in the process, which can result in mild to severe allergic reactions.

Many people do not react to bed bug bites, though the bite may leave a small welt. Excessive scratching of these bites is highly discouraged as it can lead to secondary infections.

Here are a few images that might help when looking for evidence in your own home.  Remember that any evidence found in your home should be followed up by a certified K9 inspection or a licensed pest control operator.

CAST SKINS: Live bed bug (small darker figure at the top of the image) with larger cast skin.

Cast skin and bed bug










fecal matter and cast skin









Here area  few links that will help explain a bit about bed bugs:


NEW YORK STATE INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, CORNELL UNIVERSITY- Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Bed Bugs in Shelters and Group Living Facilities (pdf)