Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Bed bug

Cimex lectularius Linnaeus

Order: Hemiptera
Family: Cimicidae

Size range

  • Up to 5 mm long


  • Found worldwide, occasionally in New Zealand
  • Associated with beds and bedding

Life History

  • Flightless
  • Bug feeds at night on the blood of warm–blooded animals including humans
  • Hide in cracks and crevices during the day

Further information