The health department is not a good source for bed bug control. However, there are some reputable resources available that can help property managers, landlords, tenants, and the general public mitigate the effects of an infestation. For example, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website has information about bed bug infestations.
While bed bugs are a nuisance, they do not pose a health risk. Although you can try to get rid of them yourself, it can be expensive. That is why you may want to get in touch with your local Health Department. They can help you identify bed bugs and recommend methods to eliminate them.
It is essential to inspect the resting and sleeping areas of your home to ensure that they are free of bed bugs. Bed bugs can squeeze into small crevices, so make sure you check everything. Additionally, you need to remove bird and bat nests from your premises, as they may carry bed bugs and their eggs. Fortunately, most birds are protected by law, but if you are concerned about bird nests in your home, you should contact your local Department of Natural Resources for instructions.
Using antiseptics to clean upholstered furniture can help eliminate bed bugs. Using a disinfectant and antihistamines can help reduce allergic reactions and prevent infections. You can also seal off the hiding places of bed bugs using a silicone-based sealant.