What are bed bugs?
- Rooming houses
- Cruise ships
- Dorm rooms
- Seams of mattresses
- Box springs
- Bed frames
- Dresser tables
- Behind wallpaper
- Electrical outlets
Do bed bugs spread diseases?
- bed bugs found in the folds of mattresses and sheets
- visible exoskeletons of bed bugs after molting (commonly found around mattresses and box springs)
- visible fecal material that are rust colored (commonly found around the bed area and furniture)
How are bed bug infestations prevented?
How are bed bug infestations treated?
With light infestations, home owners can treat for bed bugs by cleaning infested surfaces and exposing them to sunlight. Aerosol spray cans and household insecticides can be sprayed in rooms and around areas of where bed bugs might be. If bed bugs are still present after a few weeks, the process should be repeated again.
With heavy infestations, furniture and mattresses can be thrown away to lower the number of living areas for bed bugs. If the discarding of mattresses is not feasible, heavy infestations can be heat treated. Heat treatment for bed bugs involves heating a home or living area to above 118°F or higher to kill off bed bugs.
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