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Are You Sleeping With A Lentil-Sized Vampire?

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With county officials confirming nearly 55 bedbug cases a month, fear of the "lentil-sized" vampires is growing in Los Angeles, and exterminators prepare for the feeding frenzy.

"New Yorkers aren't the only ones coping with creepy, crawly bloodsuckers. Bedbugs have turned up in the Golden Triangle retail district of Beverly Hills and inside homes and apartments in more than two dozen local communities," according to the LA Times.

Angelo J. Bellomo, director of environmental health for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health continues to receive reports fromtenants, property owners and businesses, while across the country bedbugs, "have turned up in posh hotels, movie theaters, churches, hospitals, dormitories and high-end clothing stores," reports the LA Times.

Hitchhiking pests are transported and transplanted via everyday items like luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture. Adults can live for more than a year without eating while they pass the time in your pillows, curtains and electronics waiting for a decent meal.

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Commercial exterminators are warning of a spike in cases per an increase in holiday travel, however health officials say "heightened public awareness of the pests" may be adding to the bloody flood of reportings.