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By Cassandra Harris

Causing property damage, skin irritation, and increased expenses,bed bugsare a nuisance worldwide.The good news is that these creepy crawlersare not considered carriers of disease andare, therefore, not a public health threat!Commonly treated by insecticide spraying, there are several stepsyou can take to help protect your family from bed bugs:

DHECdoes not have regulatory authority to intervene or respond tobed bug-related issues at hotels, homes,apartments, thrift stores, etc.Bed bugs at state-licensed, healthcare facilities, however, should be reported to us atbhfl@dhec.sc.gov.For more information about filing a complaint about bed bugs at a regulated healthcare facility, please clickhere.

Even though we do not inspect, treat or conduct site visits in response to bedbug complaintsin homes or hotels, we want to make sure that everyone has access to the information they need to help preventa bed bug infestation in their home.

Like mosquito bites, bed bug bites typically result in a minor skin irritation. Some people may experience a more severe allergic reaction. If you believe that you are experiencingan adverse reaction to a bed bug bite, please seek medical attention from your healthcare provider.

For more information about bed bugs, click on thefollowing:CDC,EPA, orClemson University.

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