Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Bed bug populations are on the rise in the United States. (Photo by Piotr Naskrecki, Courtesy CDC/ Harvard University, Dr. Gary Alpert; Dr. Harold Harlan; Richard Pollack)

Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite is a phrase sometimes told to children at bedtime. However, in recent years, this saying has turned from a cutesy rhyme to an admonition worth repeating. The bed bug population across the United States has experienced a resurgence. What exactly are bed bugs? What is causing this explosion in bed bug population numbers? Is this something you should be worried about? And, what can you do to avoid bed bugs?

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