Bed Bugs
Thursday, October 22, 2009

How many times have you heard, "Sleep tight, donít let the bedbugs bite?" The goodnight rhyme is lighthearted but bed bugs can be a problem if your home is infested. Dr. Edward Hill discusses bed bugs in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Bed bugs have been around for thousands of years. They are a human parasite that thrives in temperate and tropical regions worldwide.

Bed bugs are small, yellow to reddish brown in color, oval shaped and have prominent eyes. They can hide in the cracks and crevices of mattresses, in box springs, on the backboards of beds, and behind loose wallpaper and baseboards, and they can travel in furniture, luggage, clothing and other personal belongings.

The stigma commonly associated with bed bugs is mostly unwarranted because infestation is not necessarily attributable to lack of hygiene and they do not transmit disease.

In many cases there is no reaction and barely any visible evidence of a puncture from a bite. The most common reaction is the development of small very itchy bumps where a bite occurred.

Bed bugs are difficult to eliminate. Vacuuming mattresses and box springs may help. Covering mattresses and box springs with encasements that prevent escape of bed bugs may help.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.