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Dr. Mike: Preventing Bed Bugs

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Infestations of bed bugs are on the rise.

Dr. Mike explained on "Good Day" one of the reasons infestations are on the rise is because a lot of people travel in the summer. And some people are unknowingly spreading the bugs from place to place. Beds in hotels and college dorm rooms are especially vulnerable to bed bugs. Dr. Mike said another reason these bugs are on the rise is that the use of chemical pesticides, which kill these bugs, is down.

An adult bed bug is about a 1/4 of an inch. Babies are the size of a poppy seed. Dr. Mike said "they come out at night to feed on warm animals. They do come out when you're sleeping, or you intend to be sleeping, because that's when they feed on your blood."

Dr. Mike suggests college students thoroughly check their mattresses. "Take the bed sheets off and look on the edges for these little dark areas. Those are bed bugs and that's a bed bug infestation."

Dr. Mike pointed out the good news about bed bugs is that they don't spread infections like ticks and mosquitos.

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