When it comes to bed bugs, prevention is key. Bed bugs can be picked up in any public setting by anyone. Bed bugs are spread when an infested item is moved from place to place and they often ‘hitchhike’ on luggage, clothing, furniture or bedding. Once bed bugs have infested an area, treatment by a professional exterminator is recommended due to their knowledge of where and how bed bugs like to live, and sometimes multiple treatments are required. Unlike many other pests, bed bugs are not prevented by clean conditions, and can be found in places that are frequently and thoroughly cleaned. Bed bugs are small, brownish, flattened insects that feed solely on the blood of animals. Bed bugs usually bite people at night when they are sleeping, and feed on any area of exposed skin, such as the face, neck, shoulders, arms or hands. Bed bugs are not known transmit disease through their bites, but the bites may be itchy, irritating or embarrassing to people.
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