Things You Might Not Know About Bed Bugs

Do you have 8 and 1/2 minutes to spare?  If so, watch the video in the article below to learn tons of facts about bed bugs.  That way you can think ahead if you think your belongings or house are hosting the pests.  If you know what bed bugs don’t like and where they will hide you can more effectively search for and remove them.  As always, we recommend calling professionals like us to help you rid of bed bugs the right way!

7 Little-Known Facts About Bed Bugs And How To Get Rid Of Bloodsucking Insects

Article sourced from: http://www.medicaldaily.com/7-little-known-facts-about-bed-bugs-and-how-get-rid-bloodsucking-insects-405308

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Read This If You Travel To New York

Good news for those who visit the city of New York – hotels now have no choice but to inspect for bed bugs biannually.  It is likely that a lot of hotels already had this standard in place, but for those who did not it is now a requirement.  As you may know, New York City is one of the top cities for bed bug infestations.  This bill will hopefully help combat that problem.  Read more about the requirements in the article below.

NYC hotels to require bed bug inspections every six months under new City Council bill

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, November 28, 2016, 4:51 PM
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Bed bugs would have a harder time feasting on guests at city hotels under a new bill set to be introduced in the City Council.

The legislation, which will be introduced Tuesday, would require hotels to have exterminators inspect all their rooms for the blood sucking creatures every six months.

Councilman Rafael Espinal (D-Brooklyn) said he decided the rule was necessary after reading in the Daily News that bed bug sightings in New York hotels jumped more than 44 percent between 2014 and 2015, with bugs spotted at some of the city’s swankiest properties.

Another bill Espinal will introduce would require the city to publish annual reports detailing the number of bedbug complaints and violations in apartment buildings, and the average time infestations take to resolve.

They’d also have to publish a map updated every three months showing the locations of all bedbug complaints, broken down into complaints that are being investigated, complaints that were unsubstantiated and closed, and complaints where a violation was issued.

“Everyone hates bedbugs — they prey on human flesh and cause huge expenses,” Espinal said. “Tenants, homeowners, and businesses pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars to exterminate an infestation and replace damaged furniture and clothing.”

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“We as a city have to be proactive to inform New Yorkers where the problem is occurring, and protect New Yorkers or tourists who stay in hotels,” he said.

The issue hits close to home for some city pols — bed bugs were found in City Hall in the bullpen where mayoral aides work, and in City Council offices across the street this summer.

New Yorkers looking to find out if their building, or one they’re thinking about moving into, has had bed bugs can already look up the complaint history by searching the address on the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s website.

Landlords are also required to notify would-be tenants in writing about any bed bug infestations that have occurred in their building in the past year.

Article sourced from: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bill-require-hotels-bed-bug-inspections-6-months-article-1.2890370

Don’t Share Thanksgiving with Bed Bugs

The holiday season is about to be in full swing and that means you will probably be traveling from place to place picking up gifts and party supplies and house to house visiting loved ones.  Be sure you aren’t picking up and bringing along any unwanted guests.  Bed bugs can sneak into any place easily and the more you’re traveling the higher your chances of encountering these pests.  Read these tips if you don’t want bed bugs to have a Thanksgiving feast at your house.

Bed Bugs Cook Up Their Own Thanksgiving Feast

 The National Pest Management Association shares easy-to-remember tips to keep hitchhiking pests from taking a bite out of the holidays

November 18, 2016 02:08 PM Eastern Standard Time

FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The busiest travel day of the year is in sight, with more than 48 million Americans expected to travel at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving – the most since 2007, according to AAA. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds those planning to hit the roads, skies and railways to take the necessary precautions to help reduce encounters with bed bugs and offers advice on ways to avoid bringing the pest home for the holidays.

Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers because they are so easily transported from one place to another in human belongings, such as suitcases, purses and laptop bags. This makes travelers especially susceptible to picking up bed bugs while away from home, regardless of whether staying in a hotel or at a relative’s house. “The best advice I can give to those traveling over the holidays is to be on the lookout for evidence of bed bug activity at all times,” noted Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA.

Some common signs of bed bugs include pepper-like stains on fabric-covered items, molted bed bug skins, the bugs themselves in various life stages, white eggs and empty egg casings. All travelers should thoroughly inspect the room for the presence of these bed bug indicators upon arriving at their intended destination. This includes pulling back the bed sheets to examine the mattress seams, checking behind the headboard and looking in furniture crevices. A small flashlight can help aide in this investigation. If a bed bug infestation is suspected, guests should immediately notify management or property owners, and request a new room.

It’s also good practice for travelers to vacuum their luggage and wash and dry all clothes – even those that have not been warn – on high heat when returning home.

For more information on bed bugs, visit PestWorld.org.

 

Article sourced from: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161118005695/en/Bed-Bugs-Cook-Thanksgiving-Feast

A Rare Species of Bed Bug is Back

Did you know there is more than one species of bed bugs?  Some species are more present than others, and some have gone MIA over the years.  One tropical species that has not been spotted in the U.S. in over 60 years just showed up again in Florida.  We hope it doesn’t migrate to other parts of the country (like Arizona), but you never know.  Learn more about the occurrence in the article below.

Rare type of bed bug not seen in 60 years showing up in Florida

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GAINESVILLE, FL (WFLA) – A type of bed bug that has not been seen for 60 years has resurfaced and researchers think that this tropical species of bed bug can develop more quickly than the common bed bug.

“This could mean that this species would develop more quickly, possibly cause an infestation problem sooner, and also could spread more rapidly,” said Brittany Campbell, a doctoral student at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, where the tropical bed bug finding was confirmed.

In 2015, a Brevard County family reported finding tropical bed bugs in their home. UF/IFAS scientists confirmed the bug finding, which is the only finding in Florida. The last time tropical bed bugs were confirmed in Florida was back in the 1930s and 1940s, according to UF/IFAS.

Experts speculated the tropical bed bugs may have arrived in a ship at Port Canaveral, not far from the local infestation, according to a WESH report.  The family who found the bed bugs live near the Ulumay Wildlife Refuge on Merritt Island.

UF/IFAS scientists think it’s possible they’ll find the bug in other parts of Florida and in the South because the tropical bed bug lives in tropical and sub-tropical climates.

“I personally believe that in Florida, we have all of the right conditions that could potentially help spread tropical bed bugs, which is the case in other southern states,” said Campbell in a UF/IFAS publication.

“As long as you have people traveling and moving bed bugs around, there is a real potential for this species to spread and establish in homes and other dwellings.”

An epidemiologist told WESH  that bed bugs are attracted to a person’s pheromone. “They are stimulated when we go to bed at night. We release a pheromone, and that pheromone attracts them,” said Barry Inman, Brevard County Health Department epidemiologist.

Other than its geographic preference, the tropical bed bug is similar to the common bed bug, which is found in all 50 states.

Brittany Campbell co-authored a journal article on the tropical bed bug finding. She said that biologically, tropical bed bugs mirror common bed bugs in that they feed on human blood. So they’re likely to cause similar health problems if you get a severe infestation: fear, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, and itchy, blistery reactions on some people.

Campbell suggested that tropical bed bugs be controlled in the same manner as common bed bugs.

“If they do have a bed bug infestation, because they are so difficult to control, I ask that people consult a pest-control company for a professional service. There isn’t as much research available on tropical bed bugs as common bed bugs, but hypothetically they should be able to be controlled the same way as the common bed bug species because their biology/behavior are similar,” said Campbell.

UF/IFAS is asking people to send them samples of bed bugs for identification.

If you think you have tropical bed bugs, you can send them directly to Brittany Campbell at the UF/IFAS entomology and nematology department; University of Florida; 1881 Natural Area Drive, Gainesville, Florida, 32611 or to the identification lab at UF (http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/insectid/).

Campbell recommends people place their insects either into a small plastic container or sealed into a plastic bag, folded over multiple times to help cushion the insects from being smashed. You can kill them first by placing them into the freezer but live specimens are allowed as well, she said.

Article sourced from: http://nbc4i.com/2016/11/11/rare-type-of-bed-bug-not-seen-in-60-years-showing-up-in-florida/