Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown, wingless insects about the size of an apple seed. Although the thought of them might make you itch, bed bugs do not transmit disease. In early education settings, program staff may ask about exclusion criteria, eradication methods, and home visiting policies. The best way to prevent an outbreak is to do regular inspections, and check for bites and signs of an infestation. Act quickly if there are any signs of bed bugs. Being aware can help inform program policies, procedures, and educational efforts.
Last Updated: June 12, 2019