Bed bugs. The thought of them makes most people's skin crawl.

It turns out that New Jersey is surrounded by an invasion of the bloodsuckers.

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Bed bugs are tiny insects that have been around for centuries.

These pests can be extremely damaging infesting homes, hotels, and other places where people live and sleep.

They are reddish-brown in color, approximately 5-7 millimeters long, and possess flat bodies that allow them to easily hide in and around beds and mattresses.

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One characteristic of bed bugs that makes them especially creepy is feeding behavior.

They come out at night and feed on the blood of their human hosts.

Their bites can cause itchy, red welts, and allergic reactions in some individuals, making their presence not only annoying but also a potential health concern.

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The resurgence of bed bugs in recent years has raised awareness of the importance of pest control and prevention.

These pests can travel easily between locations, jumping on luggage, clothing, and other items, which has contributed to their rapid spread.

Eliminating bed bugs from infested areas can be challenging, often requiring the expertise of pest control professionals.

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Heat treatments, pesticides, and thorough cleaning are common methods for eliminating these pests.

How does one prevent bed bugs?

Regularly inspect and clean your living space, sealing cracks and crevices, and be cautious when traveling.

New research of the most bed bug prevalent cities in the United States clearly shows that New Jersey is not immune.

In fact, we are literally surrounded by these tiny terrors.
Take a look at which neighboring towns are crawling with bed bugs.

These 50 US Cities are Crawling with Bed Bugs

Every year the pest control gurus at Orkin put together a list of the Top 50 Bed Bug Destinations in the United States. Which areas do you travel to that you should take extra care to watch out for these blood-sucking insects? Let's countdown to the most bed-bug-riddled city in the United States.

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