Bed bugs are small insects that feed on the blood of people and other animals and birds.
They are oval with flat, rusty red colored bodies and they cannot fly or jump.
Bed bugs are not a sign of poor hygiene or cleanliness.
Bed bugs are considered a public health nuisance; however, their bites are not known to transmit disease
Bites can become swollen and itchy and secondary infections can result, as well as anxiety and sleeplessness.
When bed bugs are in a house or apartment, they often hide in bedding and mattresses, as well as in cracks and crevices in walls and furniture.
Bed bugs usually come out at night and bite people while they are sleeping.
They may be difficult to control without help from a pest control professional. Over the counter pesticides and aerosol foggers (bug bombs) are not effective in controlling bed bugs.
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