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By Diane Ako

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite. It's been an old saying for decades, but lately, it's taken on new meaning. Bedbugs are becoming a big problem in Hawaii and across the country.

Terminix exterminator Carlton Agena says the bugs are not discriminating. "I've seen it at apartment buildings, 4 star hotels in Waikiki. I've seen it on all islands. Luxury homes. Youth hostels."

A bedbug is the size of an apple seed. In a mattress, it's very small. And it's a creating a big problem in the US. Agena says, "I would call it more an epidemic."

If you get bites or see stains on your furniture, you've got them. "You need to get a pest professional. You don't want to take care of this problem yourself," warns Agena.

Here's what you can do, according to Agena: "Get the bedding off the bed and put it in a plastic bag. And get it out of the house. Use the dryer. 100 degrees plus will kill the bugs."

With a little vigilance, you can keep your home safe from this nasty pest.

More information from Terminix about bedbugs:

What is a bedbug?

Bed bugs are small insects that lurk in the crevices of mattresses, box springs and furniture. They emerge at night to feed on the blood of their sleeping victims. While their bites are generally painless, they can leave behind red, itchy welts similar to a mosquito bite.

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