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Bed Bugs

If you have questions or believe you have bed bugs, call the Environmental Health Office at (859) 231-9791.

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are about 1/4 inch long, with reddish-brown, oval, flattened bodies. They are easily mistaken for ticks or roaches. They feed mostly at night on the blood of people and animals.

Bed bugs can cause health problems and result in discomfort. Bedbug bites may cause a skin rash in some cases. Having bed bugs in your home may also cause stress and embarassment.

Changes in modern pest control and the use of less effective chemicals are causes for recent increases of bed bugs.


What should you look for?

Look closely at all bedding and bedroom furniture (mattress, box-springs, etc.).  Bed bugs may be difficult to find. You will need to look for blood or small dark spots, especially in and around the seams of the mattress.

Look for any marks on your skin.  You may see small bite marks in the morning. These bites may itch. Bed bugs usually bite while people are sleeping during the day or night.  Other bug bites can leave similar marks. Not all people who are bitten by bed bugs will have bite marks.

The chances of having bed bugs increases if you or someone in your family have traveled recently or have gotten used furniture before noticing the bedbug marks.


Brochures & Handouts

  • Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite: Prevent & Eliminate Bed Bugs Before it's too Late - English or Spanish



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Change in services: Effective May 20, 2014, we are able to provide childhood vaccinations (must live in Fayette County, be 18 years or younger and be uninsured or underinsured). Limited appointments are available daily Monday-Friday, and appointments can be made up to a week in advance by calling the Public Health Clinic at (859) 288-2483.

Our Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike is no longer able to see patients for the following programs: adult immunizations/physicals and breast/cervical cancer.

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