‣ IDENTIFYING BED BUGS
Nymphs (babies) are almost colorless, 1.3mm to 4-5mm in size.
Adults are brownish-red in color, or mahogany if unfed, 1/4 inches long.
They have 6 legs with 2 antennae and are flat/oval when unfed and swollen when fed.
‣ SIGNS OF A BED BUG INFESTATION
An infestation of bed bugs is most easily identified in the mattresses, upholstery, and walls where you will find small reddish-brown fecal spots. You could also expect small, itchy bites on the legs and arms.
Bites could take a couple days to appear, which allows time for infestations to grow.
A bed bug infestation can also be identified by the bugs themselves, their molt skin or eggs, and empty egg shells.
‣ CAUSE AND PREVENTION
Watch where you hang or place your coats and bags on public transportation or in public places.
Be careful where you're sitting, bed bugs are great hitch hikers and can latch onto your clothes.
Check your hotel mattress and bedding before use. Also look in the closets and beware of the luggage racks before placing your bags down on them.