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bug #467989

Asked 2018-07-06 09:57:35

whats the bug and how do I get rid of it. I've only seen one but there must be more. The bug is 1/4 inch long. Small head oval body. Dark brown. Bit me twice on the hand at 4 am. Burning bite, area very red, very itchy and swollen.

Prince George's County Maryland

Expert Response

This looks like a beg bug. They are a type of bug that feeds on blood, but they do not transmit disease. In some people, their fecal matter can cause an allergic reaction. Bed bugs can be brought into the home by way of a suitcase (if you've traveled recently), in used furniture, boxes, or by hitching a ride if you have sat in a public area where there were bed bugs present.  

Don't panic. The best way to start dealing with bed bugs is to educate yourself about them and what you should do. Start by reading our information about bed bugs. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/bed-bugs

Bed bugs hide during the day in cracks and crevices in furniture, mattresses, around baseboards and they are difficult to control. Take time to read through the following information on what you can do: https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/do-it-yourself-bed-bug-control. You may want to contact a pest control company as soon as feasible to help you with a plan to deal with them. Look for a company that specializes in bed bug management.

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