Bed bugs are small flat - oval - 5ml - parasitic insects that are hungry for human blood. They don't jump or fly - if you see something fly or jump it is probably a flea not a Bed bug. Bed bugs love to hide in your bed and live in the seems. They come out at night to attack and suck your blood - when they are most active. Small red bumps and redness will appear if you've been fed on by a bed bug.
According to the CDC bedbugs are not consider a public health concern. The most common symptom is itching. They can travel between buildings and units to hunt for food. They can also hibernate for up to 14 months.
Bed bugs are not a sign of a unclean home and they don't carry disease - so they are nothing to be embarrassed about.
Landlords should engage an expert when a tenant does share that bed bugs may be present. It is important to engage a specialist like PestFix to ensure that bed bugs are properly identified as their are many variations of insects that look like bed bugs, but aren't and the treatment may be different.
Bed bugs can be managed and controlled with a professional. If you have any issues with bed bugs be sure to reach out to a pest control specialist as soon as possible as bed bugs will spread quickly - if not treated properly.