Monday, January 21, 2008

Bed Bugs Back Again

An article in USA Today covered the resurgence of bed bugs in the United States, as well as in Europe. As one person put it, they had pretty much become a myth of times past.

"Sixty years after near-eradication, the little bloodsuckers are infesting homes and hotels from New York to San Diego. Why the outbreak? Increased world travel and changing pest-control practices."

An expert says that "they wont leave unless you unleash an all-out effort." " Cindy Mannes of the National Pest Management Association says the pest control comany Orkin has had bedbug reports this year in every state except seven: Alaska, Idaho, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Wyoming. "

Alan Brown of Cascade Pest Control, serving the greater Seattle area noted that for the first time in the company's history calls for bed bugs are coming in. Begbugs in the greater Seattle area are truly a problem. Bed Bug control measures, according to Brown, are intense otherwise they don't go away. Clients have to cooperate in cleaning and preparing for the professional pest control measures.

In various reports throughout the country entomologists and other experts agree that bed bugs are no match for homeowners trying a "do it youself" approach. Other concerns are the diseases that bed bugs can carry.

(quotes from USA Today)

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