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Worried About Bed Bugs?
The Mecklenburg County Health Department Environmental Health Division investigates complaints about bed bugs at regulated public facilities such as restaurants, hotels, nursing home, child day care facilities, and hospitals.  Environmental Health does not have authority to investigate complaints in private residences or rental housing.  If you have a concern or complaint about bed bugs at a local hotel or other public establishment, call  704-336-5100 or submit an online request.

    Tips for Preventing, Identifing and Treating Bed Bug Infestations

    Bed bugs are very successful hitchhikers, moving from an infested site to furniture, bedding, baggage, boxes, and clothing. Although they typically feed on blood every five to ten days, bed bugs can be quite resilient; they are capable of surviving over a year without feeding.

    A few simple precautions can help prevent bed bug infestation in your home:

    • Check secondhand furniture, beds, and couches for any signs of bed bug infestation before bringing them home.
    • Use a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs which eliminates many hiding spots. The light color of the encasement makes bed bugs easier to see. Be sure to purchase a high quality encasement that will resist tearing and check the encasements regularly for holes.
    • Reduce clutter in your home to reduce hiding places for bed bugs.
    • When traveling:
      • In hotel rooms, use luggage racks to hold your luggage when packing or unpacking rather than setting your luggage on the bed or floor.
      • Check the mattress and headboard before sleeping.
      • Upon returning home, unpack directly into a washing machine and inspect your luggage carefully.
    More information is available at the EPA website.

    Joint Statement on Bed Bug Control

    On August 5, 2010, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and
    and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a joint statement which:

    • highlights emerging public health issues associated with bed bugs in communities throughout the U.S.
    • provides background information on the recent rise in bed bug problems,
    • discusses the public health implications of bed bug infestations,
    • stresses the importance of controlling them with an integrated approach; and
    • explains the role of government agencies at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels in better understanding the recent resurgence of bed bugs and developing better ways to control them.
    The full text of the Statement is available at the CDC website.

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