Bed bugs are insects that feed on the blood of people and animals, however they do not transmit any infectious diseases. Adult bugs are reddish-brown, flat, and oval-shaped. The eggs are pear-shaped and white, and when first-hatched, bed bugs are clear and lighter in color. These insects give off a musty, sweetish odor.
These pests typically get into your home through luggage, clothing, used furniture such as used mattresses or couches, or other personal items. Signs of a bed bug infestation include:
Reddish or brown spots on bed sheets or mattresses from bed bug feces
A distinct sweet, musty odor
Red, itchy bumps on your skin from bites
If you think that you have a bed bug infestation, you can take the following steps:
Use a vacuum cleaner, preferably HEPA-filtered, to remove the bugs and any cast skins from any areas you think the bugs might be, and continue on a weekly basis at minimum
Discard or scrub any mattresses, then enclose in a zippered mattress cover. Wash all headboards, bed frames, and carpets.
Use a silicone-based sealant to seal all cracks or crevices in walls, particularly within 20 feet of any spot that bed bug bites happened.
Contact a licensed pest control operator.
Once any bed linens, clothing, etc has been washed, place them in large plastic bags or closed bins to prevent any reinfestation.
Contact the Falmouth Health Department at (508)495-7485 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.