Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are back.

Bed bugs are making a big comeback. They seem to come from nowhere, but are being seen more and more in apartments, hotels, homes, shelters, dormitories and nursing homes. They are active travelers, usually transported in luggage, boxes, clothing and furniture. Infestations are not tied to unsanitary living conditions; even world-class hotels have reported bed bug problems. Their name comes from their tendency to live between mattresses and feed on the occupants at night. Bed bugs do not fly or jump, but move quickly over floors, walls, ceilings and furniture.

It's important to note that bed bugs are NOT known to transfer human diseases. However, a bed bug infestation can be extremely stressful and could potentially cause health concerns if not dealt with properly. For that reason, SCPH offers guidance and education to the public about how to prevent and remove bed bugs.


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page updated 3/20/2024