Bed bugs are small insects that live on the blood of humans or animals. Bed bugs are a nuisance, but they do not transmit disease.
People carry bed bugs on them as they travel from place to place. They can hide in luggage, clothes, bedding, furniture, and other small spaces. People can unknowingly transport bed bugs and infest new areas, including their homes.
You can identify a bed bug infestation by bite marks on your body. These bite marks may take as long as 14 days to develop. For information on how to get rid of bed bugs, contact WHD.
Head lice are parasitic insects that can be found on the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes of people. Head lice are a nuisance, but do not spread disease. Domestic pets do not carry lice. Symptoms include a feeling of something moving in the hair, irritability, sleeplessness, and sores on the head caused by scratching. Lice are treatable with commercial brand pesticides that are safe for humans to use.
Head lice outbreaks are common among children. However, research shows that school-wide screenings for head lice is not efficient nor cost-effective. Policies that require a child to be free of nits before they can return to school are not recommended.
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Although very few mosquitoes carry West Nile Virus, infected birds serve as an early warning that the virus is present in the area and that people should be more vigilant in protecting themselves against mosquito bites.