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For those that need help managing bed bugs, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension interactive, online magazine can help.

Managing Bed Bugs, available at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5aaaab6c#/5aaaab6c/1, can help with bed bug identification, learning about their habits, feeding and bites, and also includes information on where the pests come from.

The interactive magazine offers pictures and videos to further enhance learning.

Bed bugs are found worldwide and are spread by humans. Over the past decade instances of bed bugs have been on the rise, said Barb Ogg, UNL Extension educator in Lancaster County.

"This is a problem in our society that is not going to go away anytime soon," Ogg said. "That's why their management is key.

"Detecting them early is helpful in getting them under control as quickly as possible. Infestations that go undetected for longer periods of time will be harder to control and, in the meantime, can spread to other locations."

Ogg said it also is a good idea to know what bed bugs look like when apartment hunting.

"After people move into an apartment, the new tenants sometimes find the last tenants move out, but left bed bugs behind," she said. "These bed bugs are hungry, especially if the apartment has been empty for a few weeks or more."

The magazine also offers information on how to find bed bugs, prevention and how to work with a professional when treating for bed bugs.

For additional resources about bed bugs, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/bugs.shtml.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/24/2012
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