Anyone affected by bedbugs will have to vacuum, remove clutter, and toss out furniture, Raupp added.
Here are some other tips and resources to help you detect and fight the problem:
What are bedbugs? What should you do if you have an infestation in your home? How can you avoid bringing bedbugs into your home? What should you do if you are bitten? Click HERE to get answers from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Want to find out of a hotel or apartment has had an infestation? Click HERE to check out the Bedbug Registry. It's a searchable national database.
Click HERE to go to bedbugger.com for the latest news about bedbug infestation, prevention and eradication, as well as about public health policy regarding combating the pests.
The federal government has taken notice of the growing bedbug plague. A bill that would establish grant money to help states conduct inspections and, according to McClatchy Newspapers, mandate that public houses submit bedbug inspection plans to the federal government.
In New York, a new law requires that New York City landlords disclose the previous year's bedbug history of their premises to prospective tenants.
To see New York City's bedbug fact sheet and other resources, including how to choose and work with a pest control company, click HERE.