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Cimex lectularius -- commonly referred to as bedbugs -- are nocturnal, blood-feeding, reddish-brown wingless insects, measuring 1/10 to 2/10 of an inch in size.

Bedbug populations in the U.S. have increased by 500% in the past few years, likely due to the rise in international travel and the elimination of pesticides like DDT, which had been highly effective in destroying bedbugs.

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