Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) have been a common pest throughout history. However, the development of pesticides in the middle of the 20th century led to a dramatic drop of bed bug populations in the U.S. More recently, bedbugs have made a resurgence, probably due to pesticide resistance and increased international travel.
Although bed bugs are not known to transmit any diseases, they are a concern to many people. The following links contain general information on the life-cycle and biology of bed bugs, as well as information on how to handle infested mattresses and what to do if you believe you have stayed somewhere currently infested.
The Purdue Extension and Indiana State Department of Health are the main sources of information for Indiana.