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How to prevent the spread of bed bugs

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Published on Feb 13, 2013

Bed bugs have been in the news a lot lately. They are spreading across the state and the nation. But you can help control their spread and, more importantly, you can keep them out of your home. The information presented here will help you protect yourself, your family and your home from becoming infested so you can... keep the bite out of the night!

Bed bugs live with us because they feed on human blood. You are their midnight snack! They need your blood to grow and multiply. Bed bugs can lay lots of eggs that hatch and spread quickly. Bed bugs don't care how clean you keep your house, how much money you have or what foods you eat. All they care about is that you provide a blood meal for them to eat. Anyone can get bed bugs.

The good news is that bed bugs are not known to spread diseases, but their bites can be itchy and red and they make it hard for people to get a good night's sleep

What to look for...
How can you know if you have bed bugs since they usually hide during the day and only bite once you've fallen asleep? Here are some signs you can look for:
• Look for dark, brown, black or rusty spots around their hiding places.
• Look for bed bug shells or shed skins
• Look for red, itchy bite marks on skin. However, only about half of the people who are bit by bed bugs react to the bite. So just because you don't have any bites, doesn't mean you don't have bed bugs.

You might find dark spots or shed skins on your mattress, box springs, bedding or behind the headboard. As bed bugs multiply, you may start to find signs of them on other furniture or items in rooms where people sleep. They could be hiding behind the base boards or electrical outlets, in the carpeting and in clutter around the bed or in the corners of the room.

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