These are small insects that feed on human blood by biting through the skin. Bedbugs are most active between 2:00 and 5:00 am. They can travel 10 to 15 feet to feed and go without feeding for up to 6 months. Their bites may look like a small rash and are itchy. Bedbugs are not known to transmit or spread any disease. Bedbugs are not commonly found in early childhood education (ECE) and school settings because the conditions that promote the most activity occur at night when people are sleeping. But they can “hitchhike” on clothing and backpacks from a child’s home into the educational setting.


Adapted from Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide.

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