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Is It Possible to Prevent Bedbug Bites?
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The best preventive measure against bedbug bites is to avoid situations that may give rise to bedbug infestations. There are several measures that can be undertaken to prevent bedbug infestations, including
If someone suspects a bedbug infestation, try to detect and confirm their presence.
How to Get Rid of Bedbugs
If there is confirmation of a bedbug infestation, several measures can be taken to help control or eradicate the infestation, using both non-chemical and chemical (insecticides) methods. It can take several weeks to months to achieve complete eradication of a bedbug infestation, and it may take several treatment cycles to completely eliminate them. In many cases, it will be necessary to hire a pest-control service in order to implement a comprehensive extermination strategy.
For travelers and renters, exposure to potential bedbugs can also be prevented by visiting the Internet public database of user-submitted bedbug reports in the U.S. and Canada at the Bedbug Registry.
What Is the Prognosis for Bedbug Bites?
The prognosis for bedbug bites is excellent. The vast majority of people who experience bedbug bites will recover without any long-term problems, and many individuals who are bitten may not exhibit any physical signs at all. However, the recent resurgence in bedbug infestations will require increasing public education and awareness, instituting effective preventive and control measures, and continuing research into the development of more effective, safe insecticides.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/24/2016
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