Bed bug population on the rise

MASON CITY, Iowa – If you plan on doing any traveling anytime soon, you might want to take note.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the U.S. Environmental Control Agency is saying the united states is experiencing an alarming increase in bed bugs.

The unwanted travel companions are known to get into travelers baggage when they’re at hotels, which is usually how people’s homes are infested.

We checked in with the Cerro Gordo County Public Health, they tell us what signs homeowners can look for if they’re concerned about bed bugs in their home.

“What you’re looking for is any place that bed bugs can hide. What you’ll want to do is start with the bed itself. When you look at your bed, there’s that seam that goes around the edge. You can often times find them buried in that seam,” says Erik Gustafson, Healthy Homes Coordinator.

He adds, if you think you’ve stayed somewhere that you believe may have had bed bugs, you should contact Public Health.

He also says if you’re going to stay at a hotel, to check the room before you bring your luggage in. If you’re traveling alone, Gustafson suggests putting baggage in the bathtub while you search the room for the bed bugs.

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