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Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite! By Anna Gehres (who is now feeling very itchy after writing this!)



An average bed bug

So what are bed bugs? Bed bugs are wingless insects that feed on the blood of humans and other mammals. They are a rusty brown color and oval shaped. Bed bugs are not known to carry disease but bed bugs themselves can spread easily.

Bed bugs can happen to anyone! Even the cleanest homes and hotel rooms can get bed bugs. It is important to know how to tell if bed bugs are present in your home. Look for the following:

Small rusty spots on mattresses and bed liners.

Red itchy welts on the skin (often in a row) that occur overnight.

While bed bugs are often found on mattresses, they can also hide in electrical outlets, window/door frames, drapery, baseboards, furniture, or loose wallpaper. Removing bed bugs is possible, but in many cases requires the help of a professional exterminator. Awareness of bed bugs and early detection can help protect your family. Here are a few suggestions to prevent bed bugs:

Regularly check mattresses and linens.

Inspect secondhand items thoroughly for bed bugs.

Check for bed bugs when traveling to hotels.

If you think you have bed bugs (and live in Central Ohio) call 2-1-1 to be connected to resources. In addition, see the below websites for bed bug resources. 

For more information on beg bugs:

Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force: centralohiobedbugs.org

Call 2-1-1 for Bed Bug Answers.

The Bed Bug Resource: http://thebedbugresource.com/

Bed Bugger Blog: http://bedbugger.com/

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