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Bed bug outbreaks on the rise

By Laura Wibbenmeyer - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - "Don't let the bed bugs bite"....this cute bedtime story seems pretty innocent, but bed bugs are becoming a huge problem nationwide. 

In fact, there have been cases right here in the Heartland. 

Lizbe Knote, an entomologist with Cape Kil, tells Heartland News that many people could be bringing them home and not even know it. 

The two most common places to pick bed bugs up is your hotel room and the airport.  

These bed bugs find their way onto your luggage, and that's how they wind up sleeping next to you at home. 

As more and more people travel, especially internationally, more and more bed bugs are crawling into homes. 

Knote says there are two things you can do right now to protect you and your family. 

First, protect your luggage.  A special spray can be purchased to keep the bed bugs off you belongings. 

Second, protect your bed.  You can buy a special encasement for your matress and box spring to make sure these creepy crawlers don't find a permanant home in your bed.

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