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Most householders of this generation have never seen a bed bug. Until recently, they also were a rarity among pest control professionals Bed bug infestations were common in the united states before world war II, but with improvements in hygiene, and  especially the widespread use of DDT during the 1940’s and 50’s the bugs all but vanished. The pest remained fairly prevalent, however, in other regions of the world including Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. In recent years bed bugs have also made a comeback in the U.S. They are increasingly being encountered in homes, apartments, hotels, motels, health care facilities, dormitories, shelters, schools and modes of transport. Other places where bed bugs sometimes appear include movie theaters, laundries/dry cleaners, furniture rental outlets and office buildings. Immigration and international travel have undoubtedly contributed to the resurgence of bed bugs in the U.S. Changes in modern pest control practice and less effective bed bug pesticides are other factors suspected for the recurrence.

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A mature bed bug (cimex lectularius; family: cimiciae) is oval-bodied insect, brown to red-brown in color, wingless, and flattened top to bottom. Unfed bugs are ¼ to 3/8 inch long, and the upper surface of the body has a crinkled appearance. The mouthparts are shaped into an elongated proboscis, which, when not in use, is held directed backward underneath the body. These insects are sometimes mistaken for ticks or cockroaches. The immature bed bug (nymphs) resembles the adults, but is smaller and lighter in color. Bud bugs do not fly but can move rapidly over floors, walls, ceilings and other surfaces. The eggs are tiny, whitish, and hard to see on most surfaces without magnification (individual eggs are about the size of a dust speck). Newly hatched nymphs are straw-colored and no bigger than a pinhead.

NOTE: It is not advisable for homeowners to attempt to treat for bed bugs. Most of the necessary insecticides are only for sale to and used by professional pest management companies. If homeowners try to control these bugs with over-the –counter products, the bed bugs likely will become dispersed, resulting in a more difficult treatment required at a later date.

WARNING: Pesticides are poisonous. Read and follow directions and safety precautions on labels. Handle carefully and store in original labeled containers out of the reach of children, pets, and livestock. Dispose of empty containers right away, in a safe manner and place. Do not contaminate forage, streams, or ponds.

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