The new year is fast approaching, and one thing that doesn't seem to be dying down is the resurgence of bed bugs. It is important that this year is the one in which more people become aware of bed bugs and what they are capable of.

First off, it is important that individuals know that bed bugs do not carry disease, but they do leave itchy, red bumps in a cluster or line on the skin.

Once you have identified that you do have an infestation, there a number of things that you can do to start the process of getting rid of the little insects. Washing and drying your linens in high temperatures can kill off bed bugs along with vacuuming and purchasing mattress covers, which can keep them at bay.

If all else fails, it may be time to call for professional help. Mattress covers can be also be useful in this situation, as they can trap the bed bugs until the professionals arrive to get rid of them with chemical products.