Health Department Role

As annoying as bed bugs are, they are NOT a public health threat. The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment does not track or monitor bed bug infestations, nor does the health department do any sort of case management related to bed bug infestations. If you suspect you have a bed bug problem, we recommend you call a professional exterminator for a consultation.

Increasing Bed Bug Problems

In general, bed bugs have become more because of increasing travel, increased reuse and re-sale of household furnishings, and an increase in the bugs' resistance to pesticides.

Recommendations to Deal with an Infestation

Since bed bugs can be very challenging to control,we recommend calling a professional exterminator. They can work with you to properly identify the pest and suggest an appropriate and effective treatment for the problem.

Bed bugs can be very difficult to exterminate from a site once they are established. Homeowners and businesses should be aware that some pesticides are not approved for use inside of the home/business site, or on surfaces such as mattresses where people will come in direct contact with that surface. For safe, lasting, and cost-effective results, it's best not to do it yourself. Application of pesticides is best addressed by a licensed pest control professional.

Possible Indicators of Bed Bugs

You're most likely to see a bed bug infestation on your mattress or pillow because you are more frequently at eye-level with a bed's surface and since you may wake up with visible and itchy bites. But bed bugs are very adept at hiding and reproducing behind floorboards and trim, in upholstered chairs and sofas, and even in the frames of televisions. They will hide until emerging when hungry. Luggage is another common way for bedbugs to get into a home. Be sure to check yours closely after your travels.

Diseases Associated with Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are not significant transmitters of disease; however, the bites can be itchy, and scratching the bites could possibly lead to other infections.

Bed Bugs & Cleanliness

A bed bug infestation does not necessarily indicate a lack of cleanliness of any particular home or lodging. Bedbugs can be introduced into even the cleanest, high-end homes, lodging establishments, apartments or office buildings. Adequate hiding places for the bed bugs (furniture, crevices, cracks, etc.) and a warm blooded host for blood meals are all that are needed to start an infestation once the pest is introduced.

For more information on bed bugs:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
CSU Extension office's publication - Bed Bugs, Bat Bugs and Relatives
EPA Bed Bug resources