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Should you be worried? Jeffrey White, entomologist and organizer of the Summit, says yes.
“2010 is when we really saw this bug take off. And 2011 it kind of stabilized, but this year they’re reporting some of the highest bedbug infestations around the country,” says White. “It’s becoming a significant problem.”
But there are ways to avoid inviting an infestation. White says taking some precautions can stop or slow spreading of the bug.
According to White, the good news about bedbugs is that they don’t have the ability to transmit disease. The bad news is that living with bedbugs can be traumatic.
“When you have bugs infesting your bed and that’s where you go for a good night’s sleep, that’s your sanctuary,” says White. “When you can’t get that good night’s sleep because bugs are coming out of the box spring, bugs are coming out of the walls to feed on you while you sleep at night, it can take a serious psychological toll.”