The Rise in Bed Bugs

Prevention, Management, and Treatment

Mallory C. McKenzie, RPh, PharmD; Edward M. DeSimone II, RPh, PhD, FAPhA


US Pharmacist. 2012;37(8):47-50. 

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Due to the challenges of eradicating bed bugs, prevention of infestations is critical. Tips for the prevention of bed bugs include eliminating clutter, sealing cracks and crevices in rooms, and inspecting mattresses, headboards, and linens routinely. Used furniture, clothing, and other items should be inspected thoroughly before bringing them into the house (avoid purchasing used mattresses). When spending the night at a new location, examine the room for signs of bed bugs such as fecal and blood spots on the bed or a sweet, musty smell.