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  • Adult bed bugs are about the size and color of an apple seed, oval in shape, flat and reddish or brown.
  • Baby bed bugs are hard to see because they can be as small as a poppy seed and white or clear.
  • Bed bug eggs are tiny, white, sticky and hard to see. They can stick to most things and are hard to remove.
  • Bed bugs can’t fly or jump. They travel by hitchhiking on bedding, furniture, clothing, bags or luggage. They crawl between apartments and hotel rooms.
  • Bed bugs hide easily. They can fit into any space that you can slide a credit card into.
  • Bed bugs are not only found in beds and bedding, but also on plush furniture, night stands, behind pictures and headboards, in dressers, telephones, clocks, cracks in walls, under carpeting, in clothing and other items made of cloth.
  • Bed bugs hide during the day and bite at night.
  • Bed bugs can live many months without feeding.

Learn more about:

Why bed bugs are making a comeback in Wake County

Bed bugs and health problems 

How to tell if you have bed bugs in your home

How to get rid of bed bugs

How to prevent bed bugs 

Additional ways to prevent bed bugs at home and at work 

Educational Materials



Why have bed bugs made a comeback in Wake County?

Bed bugs are a growing problem everywhere in the U.S., not just Wake County. We are spraying for bugs less often and using safer chemicals when we do spray. This makes our homes safer for our families, but also easier for bed bugs to live with us.
  • People are traveling more now than ever before and may be spreading bed bugs around to the different places they go, because bed bugs often hitch a ride in luggage, purses, bags and backpacks.
  • People do not know about bed bugs and may not realize that they have an infestation. They may spread bed bugs around without being aware of it.
Do bed bugs cause health problems? 
  • Bed bugs do not seem to spread disease.
  • Bed bug bites can cause welts, which may be itchy. If you scratch the bites, they can become infected. Some people have allergic reactions to the bites. However, about half of the people who are bitten, have no reaction at all.
  • Bed bugs and pesticide sprays may trigger asthma in some people.
  • Beg bugs can cause nervousness, anxiety and sleeplessness.
How can I tell if I have bed bugs in my home?
Learn to tell the difference between bed bugs and other pests.
  • You may see raised, red, itchy bites on one or more family members. People’s skin reacts differently to bed bug bites. Even when people share the same bed, some may not seem to have bites, or the bites may look different on each person.
  • You may see black, brown or red markings on the sheets or mattress.

Photos courtesy of M. Potter, University of Kentucky

  • You may be able to see the bugs or their shed skins in mattress seams or cracks with a bright flashlight.
  • There may be a sweet, strange or musty smell.
  • Simply moving to another home or throwing out your furniture will not get rid of your bed bug problem. You will take the bed bugs with you to your new home and the problem will continue. Learn how to move and leave the bed bugs behind.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
Contact a good exterminator with experience treating bed bugs. Do not spray or treat for bed bugs yourself. You cannot get rid of bed bugs through normal spraying of pesticides or setting off "bug bombs" or "foggers" used for other pest problems. Using these "bug bombs" is likely to spread bed bugs to other rooms. Incorrect use or using too many pesticides  (Pesticide Dangers) has caused health problems (pesticide poisoning) for many adults and children. Using bug bombs or foggers can be dangerous if you do not read and follow the label instructions exactly. If you decide to apply pesticides yourself, be sure to follow all label instructions.
  • Pesticides alone will not get rid of your bed bug problem. You will need to work with your Pest Control Professional (exterminator) to make sure you clean and prepare your home before the Pest Control Professional comes to your home. This will reduce the cost and number of times the Pest Control Professional will need to come to your home.
  • If you are renting your home, contact your landlord right away to let them know that there are bed bugs. If you rent an apartment or other attached housing, talk to your neighbors to find out if they are also having bed bug problems. Ask them to speak to the landlord about the problem as well.
How to get rid of bed bugs (English and Spanish)

A guide to getting bed bugs out of your home (Michigan) 

To file a complaint or get more information:

  • If you live in a home in Wake County, North Carolina that you think might have bed bugs and need more information, call 919-250-4462.
  • To make a complaint about a hotel/motel in Wake County with bed bugs, please call 919-856-7400.
  • To make a complaint about an bed bug-infested workplace, please call OSHA at 919-779-8560 or go to www.nclabor.com/osha/compliance/complaints/complaint.htm.
Additional ways to prevent bed bugs at home and at work
Bed bugs in the workplace (Bed Bug Central)
How to prevent bed bugs 
Keep Bed Bugs Out of your home (English – color)
Keep Bed Bugs Out of your home (English – black and white)
Keep Bed Bugs Out of your home (Spanish – color)
Keep Bed Bugs Out of your home (Spanish – black and white)


 VIDEO: Watch About Bed Bugs, Prevention and Preparing Your Home for Treatment


(Source: Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association)
Educational Materials
Know your pests (English and Spanish)
How to get rid of bed bugs (English and Spanish) 
Keep Bed Bugs Out of your home (English – color)
Keep Bed Bugs Out of your home (English – black and white)
Keep Bed Bugs Out of your home (Spanish – color)
Keep Bed Bugs Out of your home (Spanish – black and white)
Tips for Campers (English)
Pesticide Dangers  (English and Spanish)
Businesses, Apartment Complexes, Human and Social Services or Public Health
If you would like to give a bed bug presentation to your staff, clients or residents, please contact Carla Piedrahita at carla.piedrahita@wakegov.com  and she will provide you with a powerpoint presentation.
Bed Bug Video available in Jarai
The video below is the same as the English version at the top of the page, but translated into the Jarai language.  Jarai is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by the Jarai people of Vietnam and Cambodia. They are the largest of the upland ethnic groups of Vietnam's Central Highlands known as Degar or Montagnards.

 VIDEO: Arah (Jarai translation of bed bug video)



Bed Bug Video in Korean

The video below is a Korean translation of the English version at the top of the page.


 VIDEO: Korean translation

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Chinches de Cama 


 VIDEO - En Español


¿Qué son las chinches de cama?

¿Cómo puedo saber si tengo chinches en mi casa?

¿Cómo puedo deshacerme de las chinches?

¿Cómo puedo evitar que las chinches entren a mi casa?

Más información en español


 ¿Qué son las chinches de cama?

  • Las chinches son del tamaño de una semilla de una manzana.
  • Los huevos de las chinches son dificiles de ver porque son muy pequeños, blancos y pegajosos.
  • Las chinches caminan; no vuelan ni brincan.
  • Las chinches se esconden durante el día y le pican por la noche.
  • Las chinches no sólo se encuentran en las camas y los colchones, sino también en otros muebles en la recámara, detrás de las decoraciones que están sobre la pared, detrás de la cabecera de la cama, en los telefonos, relojes, grietas de las paredes, debajo del tapete, en la ropa y otras cosas hechas con tela.
  • Las chinches prefieren comer sangre humano.
  • Las chinches se esconden facilmente. Caben en cualquier lugar donde se puede meter una tarjeta de crédito.
  • Las chinches pueden vivir muchos meses sin comer.
  • Las chinches no trasmiten enfermedades.

¿Cómo puedo saber si tengo chinches en mi casa?
Aprenda a reconocer la diference entre las chinches y los otros insectos.
  • Podría ver sus picaduras. La roncha es roja y le da comezón. Sin embargo, la mitadweb-bedbugtracks.jpg de las personas que están picados, no reaccionan a la picadura.
  • Podría ver manchas negras, rojas o cafés de las chinches en las sabanas o en el colchón.
  • Si inspecciona bien con una linterna, es posible que pueda ver a los insectos o a la cascara que dejan en las costuras del colchón o en las grietas.
  • Podría sentir un olor distinto, como dulce o como de un lugar cerrado.

                                                                       Photos courtesy of M. Potter, University of Kentucky   

  • Mudarse de casa sin tratar la infestación, no le va a solucionar el problema. Ud. llevará las chinches al nuevo hogar y el problema seguirá.
¿Cómo puedo deshacerme de las chinches?
  • Si usted es el dueño de la propiedad, llame a un exterminador profesional y licenciado que tenga experiencia previa en tratar las chinches.
  • Si está alquilando su hogar, llame al propietario inmediatamente para decirle del problema de las chinches. Si vive en un apartamento, debe hablar con los vecinos para ver si ellos también tienen problemas. Digales que también hablen con el propietario.
  • No trate las chinches con pesticidas Usted mismo. La aplicación de pesticidas o bombas que uno puede comprar en las tiendas muchas veces hace que se escondan más o se van a infestar los otros cuartos. El uso incorrecto de pesticidas  (Pesticide Dangers) puede causar problemas de salud para Usted y su familia. Si piensa aplicar pesticidas Ud. mismo, siga las instrucciones del fabricante.

Como deshacerse de las chinches (inglés y español)

  • Si Ud. vive en un hogar en el Condado de Wake y piensa que podría tener chinches y necesita más información en español, llame al 919-250-3891.
  • Para registrar una queja de chinches en un hotel/motel en el Condado de Wake, por favor llame al 919-856-7400.
¿Cómo puedo evitar que las chinches entren a mi casa?
Como Mantener las Chinches Fuera de su Hogar (español – blanco y negro)
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