More of a nuisance than a health hazard, bedbugs are showing up in hotels, college dorms, and hospitals. Bedbug bites can cause distress, a few people have allergic reactions, and scratching can lead to secondary infection, but bedbugs are not known to transmit infectious diseases to humans. Bedbugs are small, flat, wingless insects with six legs that, like mosquitoes, feed on blood from animals or people. They range in color from almost white to brown, but they turn rusty red after feeding. Bedbugs get their name because they like to hide in bedding and mattresses. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about where bedbugs come from, what they look like, how to treat bites, and much more.
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Slideshow: Bedbugs In Your Sheets?
Are you a midnight snack for bedbugs? Take an informative look at these pesky insects and learn how to spot them before they get you.
Bed Bug Bites: Picture of What Bed Bug Bites Look Like
The first sign of bedbugs may be red, itchy bites on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders.
Picture of Bedbugs
Adult bed bugs are wingless insects about one-quarter of an inch long and oval in shape. Their color is nearly white after molting, then ranges from tan to burnt orange.
Slideshow: Pictures of Parasites
Get the facts about common parasites and their diseases. Learn about lice, bedbugs, hookworms, ringworms, scabies, and more.