bed bugs

by nobugsonme on June 18, 2008 · 21 comments

in bed bugs

A new photo of bed bugs on a mattress, from reader lincolnland. Click the photo to see in more detail. Thanks, lincolnland!

Update: user subsequently deleted his/her flickr account. Sorry for any inconvenience.

1 James Buggles June 19, 2008 at 11:16 am

It still amazes me how close they can get to people without being noticed.

2 nobugsonme June 19, 2008 at 11:37 am

Hi James!

I understood from the reader’s description that those bed bugs were dead (perhaps just sprayed), though it is true that many people do seem to get quite close.

3 Cody June 19, 2008 at 6:12 pm

IME bed bugs either like to play dead when they sense someone is close, or they hibernate or something and take some time to wake up unless you poke them with something that’s on fire.

Best recommendation is to teach them how to play dead properly 😛

4 Christine June 27, 2008 at 12:54 pm

For the past week I’ve been waking up with these hive-like bug bites on my legs and ankles. When i wore longer pants and socks it stopped . So I thought there might be bed bugs in my bed. After I looked I found these small black beetle things . There not reddish-brown like bed bugs though. I also found some larva looking bugs that move really fast. It’s really disgusting. Does some one know what these bugs are?

5 nobugsonme June 28, 2008 at 12:45 pm


Can you take a close-up photo and post it online (for free) at a site like, and send us a link?

Alternatively, you need to get your pest identified by an entomologist. University extension services often offer this service.

If you have more questions or want support, please come to the forums. Click the blue button at top right which says “Forums”.

6 juli November 13, 2008 at 12:17 am

christine check this web page
hope it helps

7 Brian June 26, 2009 at 4:05 pm

My wife and I rented a a bedrooms set at rent a center and and I started to what appeared to be hives and large red welts on my arms and occasionally my upper body, this morning my wife found a small bug on the lamshade we saved it and put it in a sandwich bag we called an exterminator the women told us were to look under the mattress and box spring sure enough there were tiny eggs and some real small bugs moving around, and come to find out the mattress was used we had signed a contract for a new set what do we do to rid these bugs and your opinion as to who is wrong please help. thanks

8 Kesha August 4, 2009 at 9:29 am

My daughter and I just came back from a trip visiting family. Well the last day that we were there which was yesterday we noticed red bumps on our arms,legs,back and feet. We showed our relative whose house we were staying at and we asked them if they had Bed Bugs and they said that it was probably Mosquito bites. I wasn’t happy with the response and did my research online and we have been bitten by Bed Bugs. What can I put on these red bumps for them to go away and can bed bugs travel from one house to another in your luggage and clothes?
Thank you

9 nobugsonme August 7, 2009 at 11:51 am

Hi Kesha,
Sorry you have bed bugs.
Yes, they can travel from one house to another in your stuff.

We have a FAQ on dealing with bites here:

And another on preventing their spread as you travel, here:

If you need more advice, please come to our forums:

10 Muhsana wilson August 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm

My sister was passing from cancer and I went to stay with my neice to
help take care of her. I had been sleeping on the couch.I went home every
other day to take a shower, but after my sister died I went home to mourn
by myself, my back started to itch,then I had all these bite marks on my back,
I cant stop scraching,and I have a lot of scars and scabs on my back. I have A
dog and he sleeps on the bed, now he is scraching. I would like to know if this is from

11 Muhsana wilson August 26, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I would like to know how to get rid of the bed bugs in my clothes
and on my body? I sprayed my dog he is no longer scraching, but
I still scraching even after showering in hot warter, and I tryed all
kind of ointments. What can I use to get rid of them?

Muhsana wilson

Please write back someone!!!!!!

12 nobugsonme August 27, 2009 at 1:59 am


I am so sorry you’re going through this, especially along with the loss of a loved one.

From your description, it is impossible to say if bed bugs caused your itchy welts. It could also be fleas. It could be scabies (which spreads easily and can be picked up from someone else’s home). It may also be other mites or other health conditions entirely. But it certainly could be bed bugs.

You need to see a doctor to try and rule out folliculitis, scabies, body lice and other conditions.

You also should have a pest control professional with lots of experience with bed bugs inspect your home for this and other pests which can cause bites.

Bed bugs do not live on your body or in clothing, though they may hang out in clothing between washings. Bed bugs mainly live in your home and in your stuff. They bite and then go away to hide and rest until they need to feed again.

If you rent, your local laws may require the landlord to pay for treatment.

Please read the FAQs, consider following the suggestions above, and come to the Bedbugger forums if you need more feedback:

Good luck and good wishes to you — I hope you find the cause and are able to get rid of it very soon.

13 pam December 16, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Last year my son,wife and baby came to live with me. My son said that they had bedbugs. He got rid of their bed and brought a new bed. After a few months he noticed the bites again. He had an exterminator come out and he said that he had a small case of infestation however the cost to treat was very expensive so he didn’t hire him now it’s a year later, he has since moved out now I think my whole house is infected.I’m very upset.Do I need to throw all of my furniture out?

14 nobugsonme December 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Hi Pam,

As your son discovered, throwing out one’s furniture is not sufficient to get rid of bed bugs. It also is not necessarily necessary. Many things can be treated and many people do not need to throw much, if anything, out.

You should get someone who is experienced in treating bed bugs to get rid of this problem, and follow their advice on whether you need to toss out anything. (If you do, it should be done carefully to avoid spreading bed bugs in your home or neighborhood.)

Please come to our forums if you need support or input. You will get more readers there!

15 jak December 17, 2009 at 7:59 pm

During the summer about once a week i will wake up with a few new bites, or go without any for a couple weeks the break out with a bunch. i thought it was spiders becuase there are ussually a few down where i sleep (basement). i sprayed for spiders and it stopped for a while. then it kicked back up again 10 days ago. the other day i found a bed bug walking across my bed. i scanned my sheet, clothes, around my mattress, and the cracks in my wall. is it possible i have spiders and that one bug stuck to me like a tick would? That weekend I moved a trashy house (I’m a professional mover). And do spiders eat bedbugs?

16 jak December 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Another thing I thought i typed but might have been deleleted is are those pictures a normal infestation or is that an extreme? I found no trace of the insect and my room looks like it has some good places they would be.

17 nobugsonme December 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm


In response to your first post, bed bugs do not only bite in the summer, so if you are only experiencing trouble then, you may be reacting to a different pest.

In addition, each bed bug needs to feed about once a week, on average. If you are going weeks without bites and then being bitten, think about what you’re doing or where you’re going — is there some way you are being exposed to bed bugs sometimes? An example would be visiting someone who may have an infestation unknown to them (and you), sitting in a chair you rarely sit on, or (in your case) encountering bed bugs on the job.

Bed bugs do not stick to people like ticks, though they can crawl into your clothing or stuff and “hitch” a ride. Bed bugs are also spreading and a lot of people moving may have them (whether they realize it or not). You should learn as much as you can and take precautions not to pick them up at work. And consider having your home carefully inspected by an experienced pro, in order to give you some peace of mind.

In response to your second comment, none of your comments have been deleted or edited or sent to spam. There was no photo posted above when you commented, so I am not sure which photo you are referring to when you ask if this is typical. However, I do note it can be possible to have bed bugs and not yet see any signs. An experienced professional may have more luck finding evidence.

Please come to the forums if you have additional questions or need support.

18 jennifer lewison June 25, 2010 at 5:14 pm

we started noticing bites all over and they were not from mosquitos or fleas.and it all started when we got an old used bed from someone.if your itching theres a good explaination check for bed bugs

19 cara July 2, 2010 at 11:52 am

i have a couple questions.
one does bleach kill bed bugs? about three months ago i started finding bed bugs on my couch. to my notice the only time people were getting bit was when on the couch but my mattress had some blood markings from bed bugs. but i had not gotten bit on it. so i sprayed straight bleach all over it and my box spring. could that of killed them? and why i ask that is now 3 months later after i have done got rid of my old couch set i got a new one and i have found them on my couch again. but not on my bed and have not been bitten over the 3 months untill 3 days ago. but i have had somebody stay the night about 2 weeks ago and i think they may have brought them. i have found a little brown one a big one and a big all clear one. so did the bleach kill them or not? does it seem these people brought them? and also is it just as good to buy the chemicals your self and apply them? as long as you get everywhere?
thanks pls write back soon i have a newborn in the house and don’t want them to spread and get to her

20 cara July 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm

me again and about the me buying the chemicals and doing it myself. i did call terminex and they came out and took a look but it will cost me like 1300 dollars to do my house. and i just don’t have that kind of money heck not even half that. between having anewborn and all my bills i just don’t have it but i have to do something before it gets to my daughter and we get infested.

21 nobugsonme July 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I would guess bleach is probably a contact killer (spray that kills on contact) but if so, it will only kill bed bugs if you apply it to them directly. If they could hide in cracks on the sofa, they may be spared.

I would strongly suggest you do not use bleach against bed bugs since other substances are probably much safer (no fumes) for you and your baby as well as safer for your sofa.

Steam is a wonderful tool. You can read about it here.

I cannot advise on which pesticides to use and how to use them, but I will say that treating bed bugs is very difficult even with professional knowledge and experience. Doing it on your own is extremely difficult and takes a lot of research and hard work.

Note that if you are a tenant in many places, your landlord has to get rid of bed bugs. If this is your situation, you’d be much better off getting them to hire a professional for you.

If you want to discuss this further, please come to the Bedbugger Forums and repost your questions. You will get more responses there (from me and from others) than in this old thread.

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