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Bed Bugs

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless, range from 1mm to 7mm, and can live several months without a blood meal.

How To Deal With Bed Bugs 

The sooner you start to attack the infestation, the easier it will be to get rid of these bugs. Using a professional exterminator is the quickest and most effective way to get rid of bed bugs. If a person tackles the problem on their own, it could take a year or more until the bugs are completely gone. HCPH recommends completing additional steps even when using an exterminator.

  • Cover the mattress, box spring and pillows with allergy/bed bug protective covers.

  • Make sure the bed touches nothing else in the room by pulling it away from walls and tables.

  • Use climb up cups.

  • Sleep in the room you think may have the bed bugs.

Getting Rid of the Problem
  • Use diatomaceous earth in areas that may have bed bugs. 

  • Be cautious when using bug bombs as they may actually make the problem worse by driving bed bugs to hide in the walls.

Clean, Clean, Clean
  • De-clutter so that bed bugs have fewer places to hide.

  • Vacuum frequently in all areas of the home.

  • Move furniture and turn items upside down.

  • Once you've cleaned items, like clothes, place them in plactic bags or plastic bins.


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  • Do laundry on HIGH heat in the washer and HIGH heat for 30 minutes in the dryer. 

  • Dress out of the dryer to ensure you are not carrying bed bugs on your clothing to other locations.

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