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Bed Bugs on the Rise

Bed bugs are on the rise in Illinois after a dramatic decline in the 1940s and 1950s. A couple reasons for the return are more world-wide travel and the fact that todays insecticides, although safer for people, are less effective in killing these bugs. Bed bugs are small, flat insects, usually reddish-brown and up to -inch long. Bed bugs most commonly enter hotels or residences by hitch-hiking on a suitcase or backpack, used furniture and clothing or other objects moved from one building to another. Although bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, their bites can cause an intense itch and scratching could produce secondary infections. To help reduce this problem, learn the signs of bed bug infestations, how the bugs spread, what you can do to prevent getting them and what to do if you find bed bugs.

To prevent getting bed bugs:

If there is a bed bug infestation:

For more information on bedbugs, visit the EPA Bed Bug website. This site provides general information about bed bugs, such as preventing infestations, managing bed bugs, common myths, questions and answers, and also has links to other trusted resources.

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General Public: (Bed bugs are not known to transmit infectious diseases and are not considered a serious disease threat.)

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