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What are bed bugs and how do they spread?

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Bed bugs are tiny parasites that live in clothing and bedding and feed on the blood of humans. They attach themselves to fabrics and can move from one place to another in the clothes of humans. Moving furniture or bedding from one home to another can also spread beg bugs.

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Bed bugs are tricky to eradicate due to the fact that they can so easily hitchhike from one location to another. Hotels in particular are notorious bed bug infection sites, as any traveler can bring them into the facility from home and infest a room, and anyone staying in that room from then on may carry the parasites to new locations.

Bed bugs are also fast breeders. A single female bed bug can lay up to five eggs per day, and may lay more than 500 over her lifetime. A few insects stowing away in luggage can result in a major infestation in a matter of days or weeks, which is why early detection and treatment of a bed bug infestation is crucial to stopping the pests.

Common signs of a bed bug infestation include unexplained welts on the skin acquired at night, reddish-brown stains on bedding and clothing, and tiny cream-colored eggs in difficult to reach spots near beds or furniture.

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