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Bedbugs are tiny bugs that feed on blood from animals or people. They have that name because they like to hide in bedding and mattresses.
Bedbugs are not known to spread disease to people. But itching from the bites can be so bad that you may scratch hard enough to break the skin. That can lead to infection. The bites can also cause an allergic reaction in some people.
The bugs can spread into cracks and crevices in the room and lay their eggs in anything that is in the room, including clothing and furniture. This makes them very hard to kill.
The best way to get rid of bedbugs is to call a professional pest control company. They use special pesticides and other equipment to kill the bugs and their eggs.
If you decide to buy your own pesticide, check the label. Make sure it says that it is for bedbugs. Be sure to follow the directions carefully. You may have to use the pesticide more than once.
Do other cleaning steps such as:
After your mattress has been cleared of bedbugs, you can buy a special mattress cover that is made to keep bedbugs out of your mattress.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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