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All I Want For Christmas is to Not Get Bedbugs

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Whether you're traveling for the holidays, or welcoming out-of-towners into your home, one gift you don't want to give, or receive, is the gift of bedbugs. When people are moving about the country, bedbugs, those "lentil-sized vampires," are more than happy to go along for the ride.Beverly Hills Patch has put together a set of tips for travelers and homeowners to make sure there are no bedbugs under your Christmas tree...or, rather, in your bed. Although there have been a few reported cases in Beverly Hills, data gathered by the L.A. County Department of Public Health shows that the largest concentrations are in Downtown and the San Fernando Valley.

While Santa might care if you're naughty or nice, bedbugs don't care if you're rich or poor: "They cross all socioeconomic lines. Cleanliness is not a factor. We've seen them in swanky hotels and homeless shelters. It's a blood meal that they want and they'll take that from everybody," said Todd Veden, a Terminix technical specialist in Southern California.