Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are making a comeback in apartment buildings, dorm rooms, hotels, hospitals, and homes. Why now? Both people and the things they buy are traveling greater distances more frequently, causing hitchhiking bed bugs to spread more rapidly.

Bed bugs are active only at night, usually just before dawn. During the day, they hide in cracks and crevices in walls, floors, beds, and furniture. When only a few bed bugs are present, they live close to human sleeping areas; when numerous, they can be found in many rooms of the house. A characteristic “bed bug odor” is frequently present in a home infested with bed bugs.

For more information about bed bugs and how to manage them, see our fact sheet "Got Bed Bugs? Eliminate Bed Bugs with IPM" in both English and Spanish.

The Public Health Impact of Bed Bugs

Also see our video "Bed Bug Conversation between Friends in Spanish".

For more bed bug resources, see Penn State's Bed Bug website.