Mississippi State Department of Health

Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs infest homes, group residences, hotels and other places where people sleep, rest or sit for long periods.

Bed bugs are oval brown insects between 1/4" and 3/8" long – about the size of an apple seed. Their bodies are flat, allowing them to hide in seams, cracks and crevices of mattresses, walls, furniture. Like ticks and mosquitoes, bed bugs feed on human blood. Clearing a residence of bed bugs requires a professional pest control service.

Bed Bug Bites

The head and neck are typical places for bed bugs to bite, but they will also bite bare arms and legs, or any exposed skin. Sensitivity to bed bug bites varies; some people may show only a small red bump, while bites in others can cause swelling, inflammation or rash.

Bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases to humans.

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

Common household pesticides are not effective against bed bugs. Bedbugs will not respond to insecticides designed for other types of insects such as fleas or ticks.

If you think you have bed bugs:

Common household pesticides are not effective against bed bugs. Bedbugs will not respond to insecticides designed for other types of insects such as fleas or ticks.

Effective bed bug control involves removal, disassembly and cleaning of furniture along with proper application of specialized products to kill both bed bugs and their eggs. Consult a professional exterminator with experience in bed bug control.

Preventing Bed Bugs

Getting Help

The Mississippi State Department of Health does not investigate or remove bed bugs from private residences, rental properties, apartments, or hotels.

We do investigate reports of bed bugs at child care facilities, nursing homes, personal care homes, and other types of licensed care facilities that we regulate. Contact our Environmental Health office below for assistance in these cases.

More Information

General Resources

Contact

For more information on bed bug detection and control, call the MSDH Office of Environmental Health at 601-576-7690.



Links referenced
HUD Notice on Bed Bug Control and Prevention »    https://portal.hud.gov/huddoc/12-05hsgn.pdf
licensed care facilities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,0,83,60,html

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