The Washington City Paper recently featured a very disturbing article on the resurgence of bed bugs in DC. We read it, felt itchy and sorry for those with the pests, and then forgot about it — until the bed bugs struck closer to home. Some U Street and Logan Circle apartment buildings have reported bed bug infestations. Have you had bed bugs in your home? Or know someone who has? Survey and helpful bed bug resources below the jump...
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BEDBUGS
• they do not transmit disease to people or pets (though their bits are very annoying and itchy)
• bed bugs are tiny and good at hiding so the first sign is usually patterns of bites in a row or a cluster on your body
• bed bugs feed on blood at night, prime feeding time is between 2 am and 5 am
• bites consist of a raised red bump or flat welt, and usually accompanied by intense itching (click here for photos of bites)
• despite their name, bed bugs can live in floor boards and other places in your home, not just the mattress. places include: bed frames, nearby furniture, carpeting, baseboards, inner walls, tiny wood holes, or bedroom clutter.
• bed bugs tend to they tend to stay out of the light
Check out the Washington City Paper article Good Night, Sleep Tight: The District is just now waking up to a bunch of little problems under the sheets for more helpful information.
BED BUG GUIDES & PRODUCTS
• bedbugger is dedicated to all things bed bug
• Allergy Luxe Bed Bug Barrier Bedding
• environmentally-friendly Pest Away Exterminators
• Click here for MSNBC's answers to typical bed bug questions.
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