Bed Bug Information

“Good night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite!”

Although we like to use this colloquial bedtime phrase a joking manner, the reality is that bed bugs are present across the entire nation and can affect any home, apartment, hotel, or motel – essentially every place where humans and animals sleep. Bed bugs do not discriminate; however, the perception that bed bugs affect only low-income housing is incorrect as they will feed on any available sleeping person regardless of their physical location.

In an effort to control the spread of bed bugs, HACEP hopes the following questions and answers will help.

What is a bedbug?

A blood sucking insect, most active at night and feeds at night between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Click here for information on how to identify bed bugs.

Where do bedbugs come from?

Bedbugs originated overseas and came to the states by way of travel.

Do bedbugs transmit disease?

Bedbugs do not transmit disease but they cause secondary infection after people scratch their bedbug bits.

Can bedbugs fly or jump?

They cannot fly, jump or burrow into your skin, instead they hitchhike on bags, furniture, wires, and pipes.

Where do bedbugs live?

Beds, sofas, tables, recliners, picture frames, etc.

How do I check for bedbugs?

Inspect the top half or fringe of your mattress for blood spots, which is used blood that the bugs secrete from feeding the night before or bug activity.

Do bedbugs come from clutter?

Even if you keep a clean home you can get bedbugs. However, clutter does not help the process but instead makes it more cumbersome in the mission of eradicating the problem.

What can I use to get rid of bedbugs?

There is nothing over the counter that you can buy that will eliminate bedbug activity. Only a licensed pest management professional is able to get the products needed to reduce the bedbug population.

What if my furniture needs to be replaced?

Please contact your Self-Sufficiency Coordinator for assistance
Click here for a list of housing assistance organizations

What if my clothing needs to be replaced?

Please contact your Self-Sufficiency Coordinator for assistance
Click here for clothing resources
If you suspect that activity exists, contact your property manager immediately.

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