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Bed Bug Education

Although bed bugs and their bites are a nuisance, they are not known to spread diseases. Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood. They are usually active at night when people are sleeping. Adult bed bugs have flat, rusty-red colored oval bodies. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, they are big enough to be easily seen, but often hide in cracks in furniture, floors, or walls. When bed bugs feed, their bodies swell and become brighter red. They can live for several months without feeding on a host. Most bed bug bites are initially painless, but later turn into large, itchy skin welts. These welts do not have a red spot in the center as do the bites from fleas.

Health Department Beg Bug Activities

Consultation/referrals by staff to residents or organizations affected by bedbugs

Provide information (fact sheets, website links)


Call 740-454-9741 extension 282.



Bed Bugs in Schools: Guidance for Parents

Bed Bugs: Know the Facts

ZMCHD Guidelines for Bed Bugs

Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force 

Bed Bug Control in Multifamily Housing

Tips for Travel

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