DIY heat treatment gone awry

Heat treatment has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to get rid of bed bugs…when done by a professional! If you do not choose to go with a professional, there have been catastrophic effects such as loss of property, injuries and of course, continued infestation. Check out this story of a heater being used to get rid of bed bugs.

Chattanooga firefighters responded to a shed fire on Monday at the Chatt City Suites at 101 E. 20th Street. The shed was located next to the motel, and the flames were threatening to spread to the motel, WRCB reported.
Firefighters had to cut through a chain-link fence to get to the shed. The fire was quickly extinguished. No one was injured and the motel was not damaged.
Employees with the motel told firefighters that they were using a heater in the shed in an attempt to kill bed bugs in motel furniture. Captain David Thompson Jr. said the turnout gear (the coat and pants they wear inside to protect them from the fire) for four firefighters will have to be treated for possible infestation of bedbugs.

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Why you apartments are a hot bed for bugs

It has been proven repeatedly that bed bugs can infest any location from a 5 star hotel to a school to a nursing home or low income housing. Having low economic status has nothing to do with getting a bed bug infestation but new studies show that it has a lot to do with being able to control the infestation as many low income housing projects do not spend the money to get rid of bed bugs for good with a professional.

Bed bug infestations are common in low-income apartments, and residents are often unaware of the problem, researchers report.
In the study of nearly 2,400 individual low-income apartments in New Jersey, more than one in 10 were found to have bed bugs. And buildings with high tenant turnover had more infestations, researchers said.
This type of research is vital for controlling bed bug infestations because it “can be used to target our education and bedbug prevention efforts to the most vulnerable communities,” said study author Changlu Wang, of Rutgers University.
Wang’s team examined individual residences in 43 low-income apartment buildings in the state. The investigators found that the overall rate of bedbug infestation was 12 percent, but varied from building to building. Other key findings include:
  • Women were more likely to report symptoms of bed bug bites and more likely to express concern upon learning their homes were infested.
  • Infestations were more prevalent in the homes of African Americans than in those of white or Hispanic residents.
  • Fifty percent of residents with bed bug infestations were completely unaware of them.
  • Apartment buildings with a high turnover of tenants had higher bed bug infestations.

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Why consumer grade sprays are becoming useless

Did you know that bed bugs were almost entirely irradiated from the United States on a few decades ago? Do you know why they are coming back in higher numbers than ever before? It’s because of DIY pest control and mismanagement of infestation, which only causes the problem to grow. Here’s another study that shows just why you can’t get rid of bed bugs without a professional.

The global resurgence in bed bugs over the past two decades could be explained by revelations that bed bugs have developed a thicker cuticle that enables them to survive exposure to commonly used insecticides, according to University of Sydney research published today in PLOS ONE.

Bed bugs are blood suckers that produce intense bites and cause significant financial heartache in the hospitality and tourism sectors. Understanding why they have again become so common may help develop new strategies for their control.
Resistance to commonly used insecticides is considered the main reason for the global resurgence in bed bugs, according to University of Sydney PhD candidate, David Lilly, whose research focuses on the biological mechanisms that help bed bugs survive exposure to commonly used insecticides. Being ‘thick’ may be smart, for bed bugs at least!
“The new findings reveal that one way bed bugs beat insecticides is by developing a thicker ‘skin’, said David Lilly. “Bed bugs, like all insects, are covered by an exoskeleton called a cuticle. Using scanning electron microscopy, we were able to compare the thickness of cuticle taken from specimens of bed bugs resistant to insecticides and from those more easily killed by those same insecticides.”
Comparing the cuticle thickness of the bed bugs revealed a stunning difference: the thicker the cuticle, the more likely the bed bugs were to survive exposure to the insecticides.
The new findings could explain why failures in the control of bed bug infestations are so common.

Bed bugs aren’t color blind, study shows

Bed bugs are a lot more intelligent than we give them credit for. They are seen in the media as just as nuisance and that is also inaccurate. These creatures are cunning and can absolutely demolish a space that they occupy. More studies are being done on these awful critters because of their mass re-infestation of the American public. One such study that caught our eye was about bed bugs being attracted to certain colors more than others. Check it out.

Researchers from the University of Florida and Union College in Lincoln, Neb., wondered whether bed bugs preferred certain colors for their hiding places, so they did some testing in the lab. The tests consisted of using small tent-like harborages that were made from colored cardstock and placed in Petri dishes. A bed bug was then placed in the middle of the Petri dish and given ten minutes to choose one of the colored harborages. A few variations of the test were also conducted, such as testing bed bugs in different life stages, of different sexes, individual bugs versus groups of bugs, and fed bugs versus hungry bugs.

The results, which are published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, showed that the bed bugs strongly preferred red and black, and they seemed to avoid colors like green and yellow.
“It was speculated that a bed bug would go to any harborage in an attempt to hide,” wrote the authors. “However, these color experiments show that bed bugs do not hide in just any harborage; rather, they will select a harborage based on its color when moving in the light.”
“We originally thought the bed bugs might prefer red because blood is red and that’s what they feed on,” said Dr. Corraine McNeill, one of the co-authors. “However, after doing the study, the main reason we think they preferred red colors is because bed bugs themselves appear red, so they go to these harborages because they want to be with other bed bugs, as they are known to exist in aggregations.”
While this is a plausible explanation, many factors influenced which color the bed bugs chose. For example, the bugs’ color preferences changed as they grew older, and they chose different colors when they were in groups than when they were alone. They also chose different colors depending on whether they were hungry or fed. Furthermore, males and females seemed to prefer different colors.
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