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Health Tip: Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite

Health Tip: Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite

05/20/11

(HealthDay News) -- Bedbugs feed on human blood, leaving annoying itchy bites in their wake. They may hide in places such as in and around the bed, in crevices behind chair and couch cushions, and in the folds of curtains.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers these suggestions to help prevent bedbugs:

  • If you're accepting secondhand furniture, carefully inspect it for bedbugs before bringing it home.
  • Encase box springs and mattresses in protective covers. Inspect the covers often to look for holes.
  • Clean up clutter in your home to give bedbugs fewer hiding spots.
  • When coming home from a trip, unpack your suitcase straight into the washing machine. Also inspect luggage.
  • When in a hotel, keep suitcases on luggage racks rather than the floor. Inspect the room for bedbugs, which are brown, oval-shaped, and 1/4 inch to 3/8 inches long.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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