Bedbugs and kissing bugs are flat, brown, wingless insects that reach
about 1 in. (2.5 cm) long.
These bugs get their name because they are often found around the mouth.
The bugs hide in beds, floors, furniture, wood, and paper trash
during the day. Like mosquitos, they feed on blood, so at night they come out
to find animals or people. They can live for 4 to 6 months without
If you have bedbugs or kissing bugs, you may have:
It is not common to have an
allergic reaction, but it can happen.
Home treatment can help stop the itching and prevent an infection.
You also need to treat your house to get rid of the bugs. You
When the bugs are gone, be sure to keep your house and bedding clean
to prevent the bugs from coming back.
October 15, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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