Just two months after the original outbreak, bed bugs have been found again at the Metlife office in Oriskany. Employees are now being offered free home inspections as a preventative measure.

What Are Bed Bugs?

The bed bug was almost eliminated from the United States at one point. Currently, the bed bug is found in all 50 states and in case you don't know a bed bug is an oval-shaped and wingless insect. They do not fly but rather crawl from place to place and person to person.

Like the mosquito, they bite humans to feed on our blood but unlike mosquitoes, they do not transmit diseases.The insect is a public health pest but NOT a threat to public health according to Cornell College.

How Do Bed Bugs Spread?

So, how are bed bugs transmitted? The bed bug is a hitchhiker and will find their way to your home or as in the case of Metlife, into the workplace more than likely on laptop computers and backpacks.

If you have an advanced infestation the bugs will travel within buildings on pipes and cables. The bed bug does not transmit diseases to humans but it is a public health pest but NOT a threat to public health.

How To Eliminate Bed Bugs

You will need to find out how the bugs found their way to you and your home. So, inspect everything in your house and do that every day for the next two months, Unfortunately, the bed bug is not easily evicted it will take some time on your part. Second, check your space at work, every day, just like you do at home. It's entirely possible one of your co-workers may have helped the bed bugs spread without realizing they did.

Finally, have your home treated at least once and possibly twice. The first treatment will get the current crop of bugs and the second will get the ones that hatch after 30 to 60 days.

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