Insect of 5 to 6 mm in length, dull brown colored, whereas the abdomen, very flat while fasting, is almost circular in the female and the more oval for the male.
Bed Bugs live almost exclusively in the home and barn.
Afraid of the light, it hides during the day and attacks humans in their sleep at night to suck blood.
It can absorb a single shot of about 7 mg of blood, five times its own weight. After her meal it leaves its host and soon retires to mattress or cushion holes, chinks in the wall or floor or behind curtains. This is also where the female can go without food for more than six months.
The bed bug bites and sucks blood without being noticed. However, the skin swells at the site of the sting and forms wheals that itch strongly and are slow to heal.