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Bed bugs have been around for thousands of years. They feed on blood, but are not known to spread any diseases to humans. Some people can be allergic to their bites. Getting rid of a bed bug infestation is not easy, but there are steps you can take to control the problem. There are also steps you can take to avoid bringing bed bugs home.

Bed bugs aren't new, but their recent surge in popularity within the past few years certainly seems to be. Despite the fact these pests have long been tolerated through the centuries, their recent reemergence into the public eye makes it seem that the likelihood of exposure and infestation worse than ever. Here's a few basic things you should know about these pests if they do make an appearance into your life.

Bed bugs are like globetrotters or unwanted hitchhikers that make their way into your homes when you travel or visit another home that has an infestation. While you can guarantee the cleanliness of your own home, who is to say about your neighbors? Bed bugs can travel from one apartment to another in a multi-unit building. If bed bugs somehow make it to your home and have been giving you sleepless nights then you can use insecticides in the following forms to treat the problem - sprays, powders, traps or liquids. Check that the insecticide is labeled for bed bug control as not every insecticide is effective against bed bugs.