A Mom and her son in North Carolina had been sleeping with the lights on hoping that whatever was biting them in the dark would stop. A recent trip to the pediatrician’s office unearthed the problem…bed bugs! The doctor informed the Mom that the nighttime bloodsuckers had to be lurking in the dark corners of her apartment waiting for the perfect time to feed on their unsuspecting hosts.
Just like in New Jersey and New York, North Carolina has experienced a significant increase in bed bug problems. In hopes of trying to get a handle on the problem, the Mom decided to throw away her couch and beds. Many people don’t know that you don’t need to throw away expensive furniture if you have a bed bug infestation problem.
The University of Kentucky announced that a bed bug study which included 110 bed bug populations from across the nation showed that 88 percent of the populations included one or two genetic knockdown resistance (kdr-type) mutations to synthetic pyrethroid pesticides. Knockdown resistance mutations, means that the insecticide pyrethroid can’t kill bed bugs that have this type of mutation.
One of the entomologists involved in the study stated that we need alternative insecticides to fight bed bugs. New York City and New Jersey residents are probably tired of fighting bed bugs and would prefer bed bugs stop eating human blood and find another food source.
All the New York City bed bug populations tested in the study had one or both mutations for pyrethroid resistance. Pyrethroid chemicals are used by some pest control companies to kill bed bugs. Reports from many pest control companies indicate that pyrethroid products are not performing as well at killing bed bugs as they would like.
It’s important to catch a bed bug infestation early, thus bed bug monitors can be a valuable part of a bed bug plan.
Some New Jersey and New York City residents are not even aware they have been attacked by bed bugs during the night. Many people don’t have a skin reaction to bed bugs that have been stealing their blood. However, many people do get itchy skin rashes from being attacked by bed bugs.
Some people, including a woman living in Portland Oregon, have a severe reaction to bed bug bites. She woke up one morning covered with red hives. The doctor recommended she go to the emergency room. The doctors said her allergic reaction to the bed bugs attack almost put her into shock.
To make things worse the apartment complex would not give the woman and her boyfriend their deposit back and the company that owns the building locked them out of their apartment. They had to sleep on the couches of relatives. Sounds like a quirky movie script that could take several different plot twists, unfortunately it actually happened to the woman. A bed bug monitor could be very beneficial for this woman and many others.
The AP&G Co. (Atlantic Paste and Glue) has asked Douglas Stern of Stern Environmental Group to participate in its early testing of a new passive bed bug monitoring product. The product is called the Bedbug Detection System and is a ingenious and inexpensive way for hoteliers and property managers to monitor for bed bugs.
The product is a small profile heavy duty cardboard piece that contains dots of glue and is folded over with a gap for bed bug to slide in. The product has a very small profile and conceals any evidence of bed bugs once they crawl inside. The product has no blood meal lure, but provides a “safe” harborage site for bed bugs if they are present.
These small enclosed cardboard monitors can be tucked inside nightstands, underneath drawers, mounted under box springs, affixed to the back of headboards, tucked behind pictures,and inserted between a mattress and a box spring.
No one need know that there are bed bugs trapped inside until the detection system is cut open for inspection by a pest control professional.
Last night, at the Eastern National Pest Management Show at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City Douglas Stern met with representatives of AP&G. Specifically Keven Kean, Director of Sales Professional Products, of North America, Jonathan Frisch VP, and Ed Dolshun, Northeast Region & Canada Sales Manager, they showed him a prototype of this new exciting product. Mr. Stern found the possibilities and potential cost so attractive and innovative that Stern Environmental was invited by AP&G to start field testing the Bedbug Detection System.
With pending laws in the New Jersey legislature that make property managers responsible for protecting residents from bed bug infestations a inexpensive product has been needed to catch a bed bug problem early.
Hoteliers will praise the inexpensive cost and extremely low profile of the product as a way to start routinely monitoring all rooms in their property to prevent bed bug infestation and potential lawsuits if a guest is bitten by bed bugs.
This is the most inexpensive monitor on the market with a price tag of just a dollar or two each. With such a small profile these new glue-board monitors can be tucked literally anywhere in an apartment or hotel room. By providing harborage that bed bugs love the monitor allows professionals to catch a bed bug problem early to minimize spread and extermination costs.
Douglas Stern of Stern Environmental Group feels that this new innovative product has strong potential as an inexpensive early warning system and is immediately field testing the product. We’ll keep you posted when we have more information and developments on this new exciting product as we get them. We may even consider selling these products to homeowners in our store.
Currently the product is only being marketed to pest professionals and will be shipping the first quarter of 2010. You can find out more information from the AP&G website at www.CatchMasterPro.com.