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 feeding.
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 can:
You also need to treat your house to get rid of the bugs. You can:
When the bugs are gone, be sure to keep your house and bedding clean to prevent the bugs from coming back.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||October 15, 2011|
Last Revised: October 15, 2011
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