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Baltimore battles bedbugs as infestations rise

September 30, 2010
  • Joe Wells of Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions looks around a home in the St. Louis area where he is using a heat treatment on bedbugs.
Joe Wells of Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions looks around a home in the… (Stephanie S. Cordle / St.…)

The bedbugs are biting! An apparent rise in infestation inspires urban outcry – and public officials from Chicago to Baltimore are trying to assuage itchy, anxious residents' fears.

As the Baltimore Sun reports, "Baltimore health officials launched a series of meetings Wednesday to answer such questions from residents, property managers and others — and to tell everyone not to panic."

If you're not in Baltimore, fear not: many local governments, including Michigan, New York City, and California have their own sites dedicated to the bedbug. The EPA tells you which pesticides not to trust. And check out this handy fact-sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Find out what Baltimore's bedbug tips were here: "Baltimore starts campaign to battle bedbugs."

-- Amina Khan / Los Angeles Times

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