Bed bugs have been a thorn in the sides of businesses, residences and the people that occupy them for some time now. Since they have made their comeback, bed bugs have been widespread all over the country and have once again become relevant in the media.
This week, pest management professionals (PMPs) from all over the country are attending the Bed Bug University North American Summit in Rosemont, IL, discussing and demonstrating some of the newest technologies in killing bed bugs.
According to this ABC 7 Chicago article, “They are adaptable and not all pesticides work on them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautions residents to get professional help for bed bugs. The agency found over 100 people got sick and one woman died after using bed bug pesticides.”
The CDC found that the majority of the 100 people that got sick can be attributed to dangerous pyrethrins/pyrethroids which can have life threatening serious effects if not applied properly by a licensed applicator.
There are several early detection devices being featured at the summit. Including climb ups, which are placed under the bed leg; bed bugs can crawl in, but they can’t crawl out. In addition, there are brand new active monitors which emit CO2 and heat just like a real human being, which bed bugs are attracted to.
Pest activity in Chicago has been monitored by the Safer Pest Control Project for the past 17 years, reporting serious problems in both public and private multiple-dwelling housing structures.
“The project’s executive director says, while the beds bug may not lead to the health problems of other pests, controlling these particular bugs can be more expensive.” The reason getting rid of them may be more expensive, is because most bed bug infestations cannot be eradicated with just one treatment. In addition, furniture and carpeting may be infested beyond saving.
The good news is, bed bugs don’t carry diseases as far as we know and some people may not even feel the effects of the bed bug bites. In addition, if you are knowledgeable and informed, there is also a good chance that you can avoid them completely, although you never know.