Top Common Types of Bed Bugs in the USA

Published November 6th, 2019 by Vision Pest Control

Are you afraid of bed bugs infesting your home and creating an uncomfortable environment? Do you want to know your chances of encountering these insects?

If so, then you should be aware of the types of bed bugs in the United States. The type that you run into may depend on where you live, as well as the bug's preference in what it feeds on.

With our knowledge of pest control, you will be able to tell bed bugs apart and figure out how to get rid of them.

Here are the top common types of bed bugs in the USA.

1. C. Lectularius

The most common of the different types of bed bugs is the Cimex lectularius. This bed bug can exist in both subtropical and temperate climates, which allows it to enter homes across the U.S.

C. lectularius tend to feed on humans the most and often hide and lay eggs in mattresses, sofas, carpets, and other household items. We advise checking all of your furniture for eggshells and dry spots of dark blood from their feeding.

2. C. Hemipterus

The different kinds of bed bugs you'll have to deal with will depend on the kind of environment they are comfortable in. Those living in tropical parts of the U.S. will have to worry more about Cimex hemipterus.

This bed bug is another one that prefers to feed on humans, though they are willing to rely on birds, dogs, rats, and other animals. Those living in Florida and states nearby with similar climates will want to keep an eye out for C. hemipterus more than other bed bugs.

3. C. Adjunctus

Not all types of bed bugs have humans as their go-to source of nutrients. One prime example is Cimex adjunctus, which are commonly called bat bugs for feeding mostly on bats.

C. adjunctus can exist in both subtropical and temperate, which makes them a problem on all coasts of the U.S. While these bed bugs mainly feed on bats, they are willing to feed on humans if there are no bats around.

4. Haematosiphon Inodora

Those living in the southwest near Mexico may have to worry about running into Haematosiphon Inodora. While this insect is different from the previous bed bug types by living mostly in Mexico, they can still find their way into the U.S.

This bug, also known as the Mexican chicken bug, often feed on bird species and domestic fowl. Farmers should be worried about Haematosiphon inodora the most if they want to keep their animals safe.

5. Barn swallow bugs

People who operate barns or live close to the outdoors will also have to worry about barn swallow bugs. These insects live across most of the U.S. and can resemble other types of bed bugs.

Cliff swallows are barn swallow bugs' main source of food, and these insects often make their homes in swallow nests. However, they can find their way into your home when birds migrate to your house.

Our Take on Types of Bed Bugs

Knowing the different types of bed bugs will help you figure out your chances of running into them. 

Some bed bugs are able to live in certain parts of the U.S., and most of them rely on humans as a main or secondary source of food.

With this guide, you can figure out what bed bugs are common in your area.

For more of our pest control expertise, check out our guides to learn how to prevent infestations and keep your home clean and safe.


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