FACTS ABOUT BED BUGS
- Bed bugs are small insects that feed on the blood of people and other animals and birds.
- They are oval with flat, rusty red colored bodies and they cannot fly or jump.
- Bed bugs are not a sign of poor hygiene or cleanliness.
- Bed bugs are considered a public health nuisance; however, their bites are not known to transmit disease.
- Bites can become swollen and itchy and secondary infections can result, as well as anxiety and sleeplessness.
- When bed bugs are in a house or apartment, they often hide in bedding and mattresses, as well as in cracks and crevices in walls and furniture.
- Bed bugs usually come out at night and bite people while they are sleeping.
- They may be difficult to control without help from a pest control professional. Over the counter pesticides and aerosol foggers (bug bombs) are not effective in controlling bed bugs.
I think I have bedbugs. Who do I call?
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