An adult bed bug is only 3/16 inch long but can cause a lot of mental anguish and stress. They hide during the day in tiny spaces around their feeding site, such as mattresses, furniture, and in cracks and crevices, and then feed on humans at night. Itchy welts may result from the bed bug bite. They can be transported from one location to another in clothing, furniture, and luggage, they can even walk through tiny cracks and crevices. The do not fly or jump, nor do they live on people. Prevention is the best control measure. Avoid bringing in used furniture and mattresses; inspect baggage and clothing after traveling; toss suspect items in the dryer and dry on high for 30 minutes; seal cracks and crevices; reduce clutter. An established bed bug problem will require the assistance of a licensed, reputable pest control professional. Do not try to treat the home yourself with aerosols and "bug bombs." These products do not contact the hidden insects and may drive the bugs farther into hiding. If you think you may have an infestation, bring a sample to UGA/COBB COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICES at 678 S. Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA for our specialists to identify.