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In the 1940s, scientists thought bed bugs were eradicated from developed countries. They were wrong! Over fifty years later, bed bugs are on the rise across North America, Europe and Australia. In some places the problem has even reached epidemic proportions (looking at you, NYC). Bed bugs aren’t known to spread diseases, but they do leave red, itchy bites on people, making them a major pain and frustration!
On top of that, they’re also very difficult and expensive to get rid of (an exterminator can charge upwards of $1,200!), so it’s worth taking these four preventative measures so that you never have to deal with bed bugs.
View the slideshow above for crucial steps for bed bug prevention.
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