For centuries, both the common bed bug ( Cimex lectularus L.) and the tropical bed bug (C. hemipterus Fabr.) have been long-term worldwide human pests. These parasitic insects feed at night and can be found in the cracks and crevices close to where people tend to sleep or gather.  

Early detection can prevent bed bug infestations from getting out of control. If you suspect that you or someone you know has bed bugs please call the Stratford Health Department at (203) 385-4090, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or a Pest Management Professional. 

To learn more about the identification, treatment, and prevention of bed bugs, please visit our resource page.