Bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases; however, they can cause sleeplessnessaggravate respiratory conditions, cause psychological distress, and produce itchy welts. A bed bug bite is painless, and in some cases may not produce reactions. For others the bite site may become extremely itchy and last for days or weeks. Scratching bed bug bites can lead to secondary infections.
Bed bug infestations can be extremely difficult and challenging to manage. It is important to take preventative measures to help minimize the risk of bed bug infestations.
Do not bring bed frames, mattresses, box springs, or upholstered furniture found on the sidewalks into your home.
Inspect all used or rental furniture thoroughly before bringing them home
While traveling, inspect mattresses, headboards, end tables, drawer joints, electrical receptacles, appliances, loose wallpaper, wall hangings, at the junction where wall and ceiling meet, in the head of screws, and look for blood spots/droppings.
- Do not put your clothes in dresser drawers or luggage on the spare bed or floor
- Before leaving check your suitcase and belongings carefully for live bed bugs