WHAT ARE BED BUGS?
- Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed
solely upon the blood of warm-blooded animals.
- Bed bugs seek out people and animals,
generally at night while they are asleep.
- Bed bugs feed quickly and their bite is
- Bed bugs are more abundant in rooms where
people sleep, and they generally hide nearest
the bed or other furniture used for sleeping.
Favored places include the bed frame, mattress
and box spring.
- Bed bugs are not known to spread diseases to
humans, except in rare cases
- Bed bugs reproduce rapidly.
BED BUGS CAN EASILY ENTER INTO HOMES OR
The following can be a source of bed bugs:
- Secondhand beds, bedding, and furniture
- Clothing and baggage of travelers
- Self infecting by the bed bugs themselves.
- Bed bugs can walk from room to room; apartment
to apartment very easily
- Items from self storage facilities
- Rented furniture from rental furniture
- Items carried in rental, delivery or moving
- Select clothes that can be laundered in hot
water and withstand 30 minutes in a hot dryer
- Use hard smooth luggage rather then fabric
- Pack plastic bags to seal up purchased items
or to isolate items which may become infested
- Keep luggage off the floor and beds. Do not
unpack clothes. Keep luggage closed when not in
use. Hang clothes on a shower rail.
- Inspect bed area for brown fecal spotting and
bugs on mattress seams, headboard, furniture and
objects adjacent to the bed
TREATMENT OF HOME INFESTATIONS
- Reduce clutter to limit hiding places for bed
- Thoroughly clean the infested room as well as
others in the residence
- Pull the bed frame away from the wall
- Cover mattresses and box springs in special
mattress bags or plastic making sure the plastic
has no holes and fits snugly around your
- Tuck in sheets and blankets so they donít
contact the floor and place the frame legs into
dishes of mineral oil
- Caulk and seal all holes where pipes and
wires penetrate walls and floor
- If you own your own residence, contact a
licensed pest control operator
- If you are a tenant, contact your property
manager or landlord
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: August2012