If you find yourself feeling “itchy” lately, then maybe it’s time to check for bedbugs. Just the word bedbug is enough to make your skin crawl. These bloodsucking insects can carry germs and spread disease. They are tough to get rid of…and they bite!

While big cities are more susceptible to bedbug epidemics, Cedar Rapids is not immune to the problem. According to PestWorld.com bedbugs are found in all 50 states – the bugs were encountered by 20 percent of Midwest respondents in their most recent survey. Nearly all (99.6%) pest professionals have treated bedbugs in the past year, that’s higher compared to 5, 10 and 15 years ago.

Fortunately, only a few cases of hotel critters have been reported in Cedar Rapids in the past 12 months. But the real concern is when you travel...which is why you need to check for bugs when you first check in, and check ahead before you book your room. Go to bedbugreports.com for the latest information on bedbugs in Cedar Rapids and other US cities.

To find out how to avoid bedbugs, and how to get rid of them, the Environmental Protection Agency is a great resource to help you deal with a bedbug infestation.