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Bed Bug


Actual Size: Less than 6 mm

Characteristics: Oval, flat, and mahogany brown to red-brown in color.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: No

Habitat: Apartments, hotels, hospitals, college campuses, office buildings, retail stores, movie theaters, and even public transportation.


  • Bites are painless and often go undetected.
  • Feeds exclusively on blood.
  • When disturbed, gives off a musty, sweet odor from their scent glands.

Bed Bugs in Salina

Found in all 50 states, bed bugs are nocturnal insects that feed exclusively on blood. Human blood is the main staple of their diet, but they also feed on birds and mammals when given the chance. Bed bugs are exceptional hiders and remain hidden in cracks and crevices where they are not likely to be disturbed. Bed bugs can live for a year or longer without a blood meal. Their bite is essentially painless, so they are rarely detected at the time of feeding.

Bed Bug Habitat

Bed bugs live in groups and inhabit areas near where humans sleep or rest. People usually bring bed bugs home with them after traveling without realizing it. Bed bug infestations are common in hotels, apartment buildings, college dorms, medical facilities and retirement homes. When you visit one of these places, they hide in your luggage or overnight bag, and when you head home, so do they. These pests enjoy hiding in cracks, crevices, or seams in headboards, mattresses, and upholstered furniture.

Bed Bug Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Bed bugs do not spread disease and are not considered dangerous. With that in mind, they can be extremely psychologically distressing and can even begin decreasing your sleep quality. Additionally, some people are allergic to bed bugs and several bites may lead to a reaction that requires medical attention. Usually, the first sign of a bed bug infestation are the bites themselves or the appearance of small brownish dots on the bed. Some people experience no symptoms of bed bug bites; they may go completely undetected.

If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your Salina home or business, give yourself peace of mind and contact a professional bed bug exterminator.

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