Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) have become a serious problem worldwide and within Alameda County. Their resurgence is mainly due to insecticide resistance and their tendency to hitchhike to new locations on international travelers.

In Alameda County bedbugs are now considered a major nuisance pest. They have been found in apartment complexes, college dormitories, homeless shelters, hotels, and residences.

Bed bug populations can spread dramatically when tenants move their infested furnishing between apartments and housing units. Bedbug infestations are notoriously difficult to control because they occupy the tiniest cracks, crevices and seams of furniture. They are capable of inhabiting spaces between walls, and can move from room to room. In addition, adults can live up to a year.

Our Staff Biologists respond to hundreds of service requests annually in all types of residential conditions. If you think you are experiencing a bed bug problem, please submit a request for service.

Bed bugs are oval, flattened, brown, and wingless insects. They vary in size depending on age. A newly hatched bed bug is hard to see because it is semi-transparent, light tan in color, and only the size of a poppy seed. It is easier to see the adult bed bugs because they are about the size of an apple seed (1/4 inch) and dark brown in color.

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A Guide to Bed Bugs

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