The City of Nashua Environmental Health Department offers guidance on how to deal with bedbugs. If you have a concern about bedbugs, please take the time to educate yourself before you make any decision about furniture disposal or pesticide usage.
Bed Bug Basics
Bed bugs are small wingless insects that do not fly.
They depend upon blood from animal hosts as their sole source of food (Feed ~every 5 to 10 days).
They are flat, oval shaped, and a mahogany color as an adult.
They can wedge themselves into any crack or crevice.
They are most often nocturnal, but will come out in the day if an area is dark and they sense food is near.
Most people are not awakened by bed bugs while being bitten.
Not everyone will show signs of being bitten.
Adults have been shown to live over a year with no blood meal.
They can survive sustained heat and cold if given time to adjust.
Not considered a filth pest.
No “grooming behavior” meaning ingestible insecticides do not work.
Females typically lay about 5 to 7 eggs a week/500 eggs in lifetime.
While some pathogens have been found in the gut of bed bugs, they have not been shown to transmit diseases to humans.