(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University Bloomington entomologist Marc Lame is back from the Environmental Protection Agency's first bedbug summit.
The EPA's Federal Advisory Committee called the meeting of scientists in response to a resurgence of bedbug numbers.
IU's Marc Lame says bedbug outbreaks across the United States require a proactive approach. He says operators of housing that is susceptible to infestations, such as hotels, college dorms, apartments and shelters, should make plans for preventing and responding to the problem.
Bedbugs are small, reddish-brown insects that live in the cracks and folds of mattresses, sofas and sheets.
They hide during the day and come out at night, puncturing the skin of their hosts and feeding on blood.
Bedbugs don't spread disease, but their bites can cause severe itching and lead to infection.
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