Just the thought of it makes you itch. Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. They are flat and roughly the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny and become swollen after a meal.


Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.

My guest on Sunday’s Outbreak News This Week Radio Show reminds us all that bedbugs are “still out there” despite the recent lack of media attention.

Assistant professor of entomology at the Kansas State University Research and Extension Center, Sarah Zukoff, PhD joined me to answer some of the most common questions concerning these nuisance creatures: Where are bedbugs found?, Do they spread disease? What are the signs of infestation? and how do you get rid of bedbugs?

The dangers of raw milk, measles and the price tag associated with eliminating an outbreak and the leprosy situation in Florida were other topic covered on the show.

Listen to the podcast below:

The Outbreak News This Week Radio Show airs every Sunday at 5 pm ET in the Tampa Bay area on AM 860 The Answer and online HERE

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