Something crawling in your bed? Get rid of those nasty bed bugs. We'll tell you how!
Bed bugs are small (apple-seed size), reddish brown bugs. They bite people and feed on their blood. These bites are red, swollen, and itchy. They may look different on each person. Bed bugs hide in beds, sofas, and cracks in the wall.
Before and after feeding (in millimeters)
Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. But living with bed bugs is uncomfortable.
You may have bed bugs if you:
1. Wake up with bite marks in a line or circle.
2. See red or brown spots on sheets, bed, or furniture.
3. See live or dead bed bugs, eggs, or shed skin.
If you think you have bed bugs:
Talk to your landlord right now! They must call a licensed pest management professional with bed bug experience. Don’t throw away your furniture or belongings. Don’t use insect killers, foggers or “bug bombs.” They won’t work. Don’t think bed bugs will go away on their own.
Treating Bed Bug Bites
Most bites will heal on their own in 3-6 weeks. Use hydrocortisone 1% cream 3 times a day for itching. See your doctor if the bite does not go away or looks infected.
To Control Bed Bugs
1. Vacuum the whole house, including the bed and other furniture.
2. Seal the vacuum bag and throw it away. Do this each day for a month.
3. Wash all bedding, clothes and soft toys.
4. Put in dryer for 20 minutes on high heat.
5. Wash and dry bedding and clothing each week on the hottest setting.
6. Get rid of clutter. Bed bugs hide here.
7. Do not keep things under the bed.
8. Seal all cracks and gaps in walls and windows.
9. Buy bed bug encasings for your bed and “climb up” bed bug traps.
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