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10 Tips to Avoid Bedbugs

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10 Tips to Avoid Bedbugs

Bedbugs – creepy and persistent saboteurs of sleep. It is no wonder these parasitic insects have caused such a stir in the news. Their resilience can make them unwelcome house guests indefinitely. And now they’re invading more than just houses and hotels; latching on to furniture, suitcases, or any number of comfortable surfaces, they’ve started moving into airplanes, schools, movie theaters, hospitals, and more.

But panic isn’t – as it rarely is – the answer. Bedbugs aren’t known to carry diseases like other vermin. And while they can be a painful nuisance and costly to exterminate, they are not life-threatening.

Their survival techniques are clever. When bedbugs bite, they inject “a sort of anesthetizing agent, which allows the bite to be painless,” explains Michael Potter, an entomologist specializing in pest management, to an NPR reporter. “That’s a good survival mechanism because if you woke up and felt the pain, not too many bedbugs would survive to feed another day.” Painless at first, bites from bedbugs can become red and itchy welts.

After bedbugs bite, they can hide in a number of out-of-sight places including behind loose wallpaper, electrical switch plates, seams of mattresses and other upholstery.

Next: 10 tips on how to spot the blood-suckers and what to do if you find them.

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.


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2:49PM PST on Feb 4, 2014

I can not stand bed bugs. I have a bed bug control company in Omaha, NE on speed dial just in case I ever find anything! We even have them check once a year just in case.

1:58AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thank you for info.

1:57AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thank you for info.

1:30PM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

Bed Bugs were something new to me until I traveled to my cousin in new York. My house also got infested within month after my tour to my cousin. Thank god that it doesn't spread diseases. But with DYI method you can prevent bugs in your home and also can deal with it if you do little research on how to detect and deal with them. Here are some good articles that might come handy.

4:00PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012


11:42AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Wantd to read this article, as I am very finicky when travelling. So gross to know that some hospitals have them!!!! Yuck!

3:57AM PST on Feb 4, 2012

So gross.

4:55AM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

thanks for posting this.,i like ron*s tip:))

8:29AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

most of these i do anyway but thanks for the rest.

8:41PM PST on Jan 19, 2011

ick. bedbugs.

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