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Around the turn of the century, bed bugs reappeared as a significant pest of homes, hotels and a variety of public spaces. Although they feed exclusively on blood, bed bugs are not known to transmit any diseases to humans. They may be horrifying to some, but they pose less of a risk to us than do mosquitoes. In fact, if improperly applied, pesticides intended to manage bed bugs could be more of a risk to your health.

Warning: This is an extreme case of bed bugs. Watch at your own risk.
 
reddish brown, roundish insect looking downward clinging to a pointing finger
Adult bed bug  Photo: NYSIPM
The best strategy to deal with bed bugs is to combine a variety of practical techniques and products that pose the lowest risk to our health and to the environment.