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How do bedbugs spread?

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Bedbugs are spread by people who travel as they hide in the seams of luggage, folded clothing, overnight bags, bedding and furniture. In this way, they are transported from one place to the next. Bedbugs can crawl from 8 to 100 feet a night to new infection sites.

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How do bedbugs spread?
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Bedbugs are slim and hide in crevices and seams to avoid detection. Bedbug eggs spread when bedbugs hidden in furniture lay their eggs on clothing and the clothing is worn. Bedbugs can survive in moving boxes and luggage without a blood meal for several months and are commonly found in movie theaters, on buses and trains and any place a person sleeps.

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