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Bed Bugs

To protect, promote and improve the health of our community

Bed BugThis is general information about bed bugs and what you can do to get rid of them. Because the health department does not have regulatory authority inside residential properties, we do not inspect people’s homes or apartments for bed bugs.

Note: Professional treatment often requires more than one treatment.

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are about 1/4 inch long, with red-dish-brown, oval, flattened bodies. They are easily mistaken for ticks or roaches. They feed mostly at night on the blood of people and animals.

Bed bugs may be found in homes, apartments, hotels, motels, dorm rooms and modes of transportation.

Changes in modern pest control and the use of less effective chemicals are reasons for the increase of bed bugs.

Do bed bugs cause health problems?

Where do bed bugs live?
They can be found almost anywhere in your house or other buildings. They are found in fabric and wood, not metal or plastic. Places to look include:

How can bed bugs be prevented?

How do you know if you have a bed bug problem?

Look closely at all bedding and bedroom furniture (mattress, box-springs, bed frame, headboard, etc.). Bed bugs may be difficult to find. You will need to look for blood or small dark spots especially in and around the seams of the mattress.

Look for any marks on your skin. You may see small bite marks in the morning. These bites may itch. Bed bugs usually bite during the night. Other bugs bites can leave similar marks. Not all people who are bitten by bed bugs will have bite marks.

The chances of having bed bugs increases if you or someone in your family have traveled recently or have gotten used furniture before noticing the bed bug marks.

How do you get rid of Bed Bugs?

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