bed·​bug | \ ˈbed-ˌbəg How to pronounce bedbug (audio) \

Definition of bedbug

: a wingless bloodsucking hemipterous bug (Cimex lectularius) sometimes infesting houses and especially beds and feeding on human blood

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Chances are pretty good that anything that kills a bedbug will kill a flea. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Once and For All," 6 Nov. 2018 The lawsuits allege that property managers failed to respond to rodent and bedbug infestations, flooding and criminal squatters in vacant units, as well as broken heating systems in winter and sewage backups on G Street. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "District sues landlord Sanford Capital over poor housing conditions. Again.," 15 Feb. 2018 This spring, there were reports of bedbugs in the men’s dorm at another village. Vianna Davila, The Seattle Times, "Tiny-home villages are a key part of Seattle’s homeless strategy. So why did one village lack case management for three months?," 16 July 2018 For more information, visit the EPA’s extensive bedbug guide here. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "You Should Always Check Every Inch of Your Hotel Room for Bedbugs—Here's How," 24 Apr. 2018 Probably mosquitoes; bedbugs are slackers and don't travel far between bites. Caitlin Moscatello, Redbook, "The Best Tactics to Bedbug-Proof Your House," 26 Jan. 2011 Philly’s got bedbugs, and no good way to deal with them. Reading this online? Oona Goodin-smith,, "Why Philly is a bad place to get bedbugs, ringing in the Fourth with protests and Pitbull | Morning Newsletter," 5 July 2018 Inspectors and epidemiologists for the Health Department who arrived last week at Belmont Park in Elmont N.Y., found signs of the vermin, as well as bedbugs, in the squalid cottages and barracks where the grooms and tack are housed. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Hantavirus Was Not the Cause of Belmont Park Worker’s Death," 24 June 2018 On top of the water and fire damage, there were bedbugs, rats and roaches, crumbling structures, mold, faulty electricity, and unreliable heat and hot water. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Rent strikes grow in popularity among tenants as gentrification drives up rents in cities like D.C.," 9 June 2018

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1708, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bedbug was in 1708

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bed·​bug | \ ˈbed-ˌbəg How to pronounce bedbug (audio) \

Kids Definition of bedbug

: a small wingless insect that sucks blood and is sometimes found in houses and especially in beds


bed·​bug | \ ˈbed-ˌbəg How to pronounce bedbug (audio) \

Medical Definition of bedbug

: a wingless bloodsucking bug (Cimex lectularius) sometimes infesting houses and especially beds and feeding on human blood

called also chinch

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