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Delores Stewart displays bedbugs found in her home in Columbus, Ohio. A resurgence of bedbugs across the United States has homeowners and apartment dwellers taking desperate measures to get rid of the tenacious insects. — Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Lela Gause, 64, and her boyfriend, James Anthony, 64, sleep on a pair of mattresses in the center of their studio apartment, located in a building run by the Trenton (N.J.) Housing Authority. Several waves of bedbug infestations in the nine-story building have ruined their clothes and furniture, and few people visit the couple for fear of possibly carrying the parasitic insects home with them.
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