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6. Picture of Bedbug Bites

Picture of Bedbug Bites
Photo courtesy of Phil Pellitteri, University of Wisconsin

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, brown insects that feed off the blood of animals and people. Bed bugs leave red, itchy bites -- usually in rows -- on their victims. Bed bug bites may resemble bites from other insects like chiggers or mosquitos. The rash may resemble other conditions such as hives or eczema. Bed bug infestations can be hard to identify. Bed bugs may leave reddish stains, dark spots, or pale yellow eggs on bedding and infested materials. Bed bug infestations are on the rise as people unknowingly transfer the bugs in and on luggage, boxes, clothing, and furniture.

Image: Photo courtesy of Phil Pellitteri, University of Wisconsin

Text Reference: "Bed Bugs." United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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