Bedbugs in the news
It’s important to remember bed bugs can arrive in your home on new furniture as well as used furniture. Remember to have all items inspected before bringing them into your home to prevent an infestation. Full story and video on Bakersfieldnow.com
A county spokeswoman says the homeowner in the southern New Jersey town of Woodbury was using a space heater, a hair dryer and a heat gun Tuesday to try to eradicate the pests in a second-floor bedroom. The combination sparked a fire. Full story on CBSNews.
A woman in Kentucky also burned down her apartment trying to eradicate bed bugs. Full story on CBSNews.
Please do not try to rid your home of bed bugs by heating it up or using any kind of flammable liquid. Leave it to the professionals. If you must do it yourself, stick with bed bug traps. There’s no sense burning down your home to kill the bugs!
The county needs to implement a pest control plan at that property that not only involves spraying for bugs, but a K9 inspection after the treatment to measure how successful the treatment was, and re-treat as necessary. Once they get on top of the problem, they need to establish a prevantive maintenance schedule where they have a K9 team inspect a percentage of apartments each month/quarter and treat the problems that are found, and recheck and retreat as necessary.
If they are aggressive about solving this problem, if they use a K9 team to locate bugs, and if they follow a preventative maintenance program to continually check and recheck for bugs, they can get handle on this problem so the residents can enjoy their homes. If they do not do that, they will never get the problem under control, no matter how many times they simply “spray” the property.
According to the Wallstreet Journal, The City of New York Health Department treated an entire floor of their headquarters building because someone found a single bed bug in the building.
That treatment may have been completely unnecessary. That could have been a case of a single bug that had hitchhiked into the building and hadn’t yet laid any eggs. It’s also possible (although it’s unlikely they had any kind of infestation in that type of building) they could have had a small infestation, something that could have been mitigated with a more limited,and cost effective treatment plan.
A well trained dog could have searched the entire building for bed bugs, and pin pointed the exact location of an infestation, if any existed, allowing the City of New York to save thousands by only treating the affected area, instead of the entire floor. A dog can locate a single bug or egg hidden in a building, potentially saving you thousands on the treatment of an entire building.