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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small flat insects that feed on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Fully grown they are about the size of an apple seed. Bed bugs hide during the day in mattress seams, box springs, behind peeling wallpaper or in cracks and crevices of furniture and objects by the bed. They can live off a single blood meal for several months and are able to travel 100 feet in a night but tend to live within eight feet of the sleeping area.

Bed bugs are often found in areas of high turnover such as hotels, rooming houses, and resorts and are not influenced by cleanliness. They are found around the world. Common causes of infestation are luggage and second hand furniture. For more Information:

What You Need to Know About Bed Bugs - Brown County Public Health Division brochure

Parasites - Bed Bugs - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Bedbugs - Mayo Clinic

Check out the Brown County Bed Bugs Task Force Facebook page for more information on bed bugs:
https://www.facebook.com/BrownCoBBTF/
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