The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) encourages Kentuckians to learn more about bed bugs, a pest that could be lurking in their homes.
"During the 1940s and 1950s, the bed bug was a common pest in many homes," said Guy Delius, acting director for the division of public health protection and safety. "Although annoying, the bed bug has not been known to carry disease."
The bed bug is a small, brownish insect that feeds on the blood of animals. It gets its name primarily because it is most active at night and often hides in the tuffs and folds of bedding.
Reactions to the bite vary by individual but are generally mild, resulting in itching and swelling at the site of the bite. The most significant health concern stems from scratching the bite, which can lead to secondary infection in rare instances.