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Study: Bed bug cases on the rise in Arkansas

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)-  You've heard the common saying "don't let the bed bugs bite." For Arkansans that may very well be the case.

Bed bug cases are on the rise in Arkansas. According to a new study by Terminix Arkansas has seen a 46 percent increase in bed bug calls in the past year.

Most people think bed bugs are only found in dirty rooms or hotels but bed bugs are usually brought into your home from somewhere else.

"It's just common in all homes right now," said Shannan Prince with Hyde's Termite and Pest Control.

She said they have noticed a big difference in the number of bed bug cases.

"It started out in the big towns and now it's all the way down to the small towns," Prince said. "We're seeing more apartment complexes, we are starting to get an increase in calls in residential."

And the bugs are not limited to one particular area.

"It is not a economical issue, it is not a sociological issue, it is everybody regardless of income, regardless of social status, everything," Prince said.

And most times bed bugs get a free ride to your home without you even knowing it.

"You can sit down in a seat that someone had bed bugs on their shirt it falls on the chair you sit down, it gets on your coat, falls in your purse, you carry it home," she said.

Prince said bed bugs are very hard to get rid of once they are found in your home.

"The heat of your body is what attracts bed bugs," Prince explained. "That's why you find them in bedrooms, that's where you sleep, on couches, on furniture, wherever you spent the most time that's where you will find bed bugs."

After inspecting your home to confirm that you have bed bugs, Prince said they do an extensive heat and chemical treatment.

"You will notice them, you will notice blood spots where you lay on them and they leave the blood stain, that's how they are noticed," she said. 

Prince said the faster you address the problem, the less time the bed bugs will have to reproduce and find hiding spots all over your home. 

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