New Research Information For PCO’s Hunting Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are not only a problem in the United States, they are a worldwide problem.  Many countries around the world are working feverishly to try to find ways to get the bed bug problems under control.  Like in the United States, bed bugs infest all types of housing structures.  Insecticides that are used in many non-westernized countries often have no regulations that they fall under in the foreign lands they come from.  Because of the lack of regulations, many people have become ill and/or have even died due to too much insecticide being applied. This has been especially notable in the international hospitality industry whereas several tourist deaths have gained worldwide attention in the past couple of years.

Dr. Stephen Kells from the University of Maryland told PCT on July 26, 2012 that according to recent findings, scientists from Sheffield have discovered some new and interesting information about bed bugs that is important for pest management professionals to know. Here are some of the important findings…

When there is a bed bug infestation, they will gather in clusters.  The researchers have found that there is a limit to the amount of bed bugs that will cluster together at any given site.  Once the limit has been reached, the cluster of bed bugs will break apart and spread into other areas of the home or business.

• Pest control professionals should look beyond the bed and make their control efforts wide spread in order to reach full eradication of bed bugs.

Bed bugs are able to carry a certain amount of insecticide accumulated on the bodies without succumbing to the poison, which is quite different than cockroaches are able to do.  Because bed bugs can survive with accumulated insecticides, pest control professionals are advised to:

• Apply the maximum amount of insecticide that the label and the state allows in order to control bed bugs.