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Are bed bugs a problem at UNC?
No, bed bugs are not a problem at UNC. There has only been a single reported case in the past few years. However, as bed bugs are becoming increasingly present in the United States, the Department of Housing & Residential Education is committed to educating residents and training our staff for preparedness should an incident arise.
What are the health risks of bed bugs?
Bed bugs, like head lice, feed on the blood of humans and animals but do not transmit disease. Many people experience mild to severe allergic reactions to bed bug bites, with some bites leading to secondary infections of the skin.
Where do bed bugs come from?
Bed bugs typically travel with people, either in luggage (especially during international travel) or in furniture, mattresses, and clothing during relocation. Anyone can get bed bugs - they are not a result of poor hygiene or uncleanliness. Bed bugs can travel between apartments/rooms either by direct transport by humans or through voids in the walls for heat, plumbing and electrical services shared between units.
What do bed bugs look like?
Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown, flat, oval-shaped insects that can measure from 1 to 7 millimeters in length and are visible to the naked eye. [see picture] They are experts at hiding, and they can live for several days without a blood meal, so you may not see them during daylight hours unless you conduct a thorough inspection.
How can I tell if I have bed bugs?
What should I do if I think I see bed bugs?
How are bed bugs treated?
Treatment requires laundering all fabric items in hot water and drying at high heat, discarding the contaminated mattress and upholstered furniture, and administering a thorough pesticide treatment by a pest management professional.
How can I prevent bed bugs?
Where I can read more about bed bugs?