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:
Patches of itchy bites around your mouth. The
bites may swell and look like
hives. The itching may last a week.
bumps or blisters on your hands or other parts of your body.
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