Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Bed Bugs - Prevention and Control

Friday - Jan 21, 2011

From the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Bed bugs are small, flat insects that feed on the blood of sleeping people and animals. They are reddish-brown in color, wingless, and 1/16 to about 1/4 of an inch long. Bed bugs can live more than a year without feeding. However, they do not transmit disease to people. They hide in dark places, easily spread from one location to another, and can "hitch a ride" on clothing, backpacks, luggage and furniture. If you suspect you have bed bugs, collect one or more and have them identified by a qualified professional. If bed bugs are confirmed, call a pest management professional. It is often beneficial to install encasements on mattresses and box springs, and bed bug traps under bed legs.

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