adult bedbug on hand
Photo: Louis Sorkin & Randy Mercurio, American Museum of Natural History

Nymph Nosferatu

Like most youngsters, this juvenile Cimex ("bug") lectularius ("relating to a bed or couch") loves a bedtime snack. But that ain't warm milk he's sipping—it's human blood, straight from the source. The common bedbug, though nearly wiped out domestically thirty years ago, is back—in U.S. communities of every type. "This is not a low-income issue," says NYC Councilwoman Gale Brewer, an official working to halt the spread. "Anybody can get bedbugs." And the nymph pictured here, after just a few weeks, will mature into a fecund foot soldier in this bedbug battalion sweeping the States.

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