Bed bugs have become an increasing problem nationwide. The increase is believed to be due to the discontinued use of the toxic chemicals which are needed to control them. Current measures are effective but must be followed with care. When a room is infected, the whole room must be treated. In addition, adjacent rooms must be inspected and possibly treated. Clutter in a room provides more places for these insects to hide. Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are still unwelcome visitors that are difficult to eradicate. Multiple inspections and treatments may be necessary for complete extermination. A coordinated effort within the university community is most effective in dealing with this issue.
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