Subject: Found in SD home
Geographic location of the bug: NE South Dakota
Time: 01:51 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Found this crawling on a canvas blanket in home. Have not been able to locate any others in the home after extensive looking. No recent trips outside of home.
How you want your letter signed: Concerned
You have cause for concern. This is a Bed Bug, a blood-sucking insect that often feeds on sleeping humans. There has been much publicity online in the past ten years as populations of Bed Bugs are increasing, especially in urban areas. This individual appears to be fully grown, or nearly fully grown. Not finding any more is not necessarily a sign that there are no more as Bed Bugs have an uncanny ability to hide during the day, only emerging at night to feed. They are able to hide between the mattress and box spring, behind baseboards and under pictures and other items hanging on the walls. Have you had any visitors lately? Bed Bugs can stow away in luggage. Another possible source of infestations is used furniture.