Tropical Bed Bugs

Category: Bed Bugs

Scientific Name: Cimex hemipterus (Fabricius)



Color: Body is brown to reddish brown

Size: Body is 6-7 mm long

Region: Found throughout the world

Important Considerations:

  • Tropical bed bugs’ hosts are humans, bats and poultry
  • These bed bugs commonly bite humans, however they are not presently known to transmit diseases
  • Biology and behavior of Tropical bed bugs is very similar to that of Common bed bugs
  • Male bed bugs require a blood meal before copulation
  • In a lab setting, these bed bugs can live up to 316 days with optical conditions
  • Females can produce 200-500 eggs in her lifetime
  • These bugs are easily transported and once introduced, they often will spread throughout the building


Where to Find Them on Your Property?

You will find Tropical Bed Bugs harboring in cracks and crevices during the day, and coming out to feed at night. In homes, hotels or motels, the top place for infestation is the backside of headboards mounted to walls. Initial infestations are found under mattresses or around the buttons or beading. They can also be found in bed box springs or coverings, and love wood and fabrics but are opposed to plastic and metal. Eventually bed bugs can spread to the rest of the room if not caught early and taken care of.