Baltimore City Health Department Bed Bugs Resource Page

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The Baltimore City Health Department does not have any bed bug programs; however, we provide informational materials on bedbugs on this web page


What Are Bedbugs?

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood. They can reach about 1/4 inch in length and have flat, oval-shaped, wingless bodies. They are reddish-brown in color and may be mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches.

How Does a Home Become Infested with Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs hitchhike and people often carry bed bugs into homes without knowing in infested luggage and bags, furniture, mattresses and boxsprings, bedding or clothing. They can also travel between houses and apartments through cracks and openings in or around doors, windows, walls, and floors.

How Do I Know if My Home is Infested with Bed Bugs?

Bites are often one of the first signs of a bed bug problem. Most bed bug bites are painless at first but later become large, itchy skin welts. These welts do not have a red spot in the center like fleabites. Although bed bugs are a nuisance, they are not known to spread disease.

The bites can be very similar to other insect bites, and bed bug infestations cannot be confirmed by bites alone. You may also see the bed bugs themselves, small bloodstains from crushed insects or dark spots from their droppings, especially on sheets or other bedding.

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