Bed bug lecture will address a pesky problem

Bed bugs are a pest you don't want to mess with. They can get into small spaces and are very difficult and costly to get rid of.

Contrary to popular belief, anyone can get bed bugs, regardless of how clean your home is. Experts advise to be extremely cautious, especially when traveling.

"It's better to be more cautious than to get them because it is very, very expensive to get rid of them fully," said Lynelle Diers, Director of Wapello County Public Health.

Since bed bugs are immune to most sprays, the most effective way to get rid of them is a heat treatment, where you can hire a company to get the internal temperature of your house to about 140 degrees and keep it there for at least a couple of hours.

If you notice black specks on your mattress or bites on the exposed parts of your skin, you many have bed bugs and will want to look into heat treatment.

There will be a community lecture question and answer-style forum at Ottumwa Regional Health Center Wednesday, June 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. On the panel will be Diers, Dr. Shawn Dawson, ORHC Family Practice, Paula Simplot, ORHC Infection Control Director, and Cheri Barnhardt, ORHC Home Care Director.

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