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Bed Bug FAQs

Bed bug and excrement

How do I know my house has bed bugs?

Bed bugs are only active and feed at night, so one sign of bed bugs is finding multiple red bumps on your body. However, red bumps could be from many causes. Do not assume that you have bed bugs until you actually find one, or find other signs of an infestation, such as:

Look for bed bugs and these signs in sheets, mattress seams, box springs, behind headboards, pictures, and other dark, tight places.

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What should I do if I have bed bugs?

The best thing to do if you have a bed bug problem is to launder all bed linens, clean up any clutter around the house, and call a pest professional.

It’s extremely difficult to get rid of bed bugs since there are so many places to hide. A pest professional will best be able to asses your situation and recommend a course of action.

See "Control Methods for Bed Bugs."

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Do bed bugs carry diseases?

No. While many scientists suggest there is some potential for bed bugs to transmit disease, no researcher has shown that the human bed bug has transmitted a single disease to humans.

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Where do I find someone to hire to remove bed bugs?

See "Hiring a Professional."

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