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Chicago Aldermen Take On Bed Bugs

Being labeled as having the worst bed bug infestations in the United States has kicked a few of Chicago’s city officials into high gear to rid their city of the little vampires.  The Chicago Sun-Times reported on January 30, 2013 that three Aldermen are heading the fight in the war against bed bugs in the city of Chicago.  The Aldermen proposed a new ordinance to the City Council’s Health and Environmental Protection Committees in an effort to try to stop the blood-fest.  Despite compelling testimony, the decision was made not to vote on the proposed legislation.

The Aldermen’s proposed legislation is quite similar to the legislation that has been created by New York City officials.  NYC was named the most bed bug infested city in the United States in past years, but with educational campaigns, legislation, and expert pest control services, the city’s bed bug problems have continued to drop significantly throughout the past few years.  NYC is now ranked in the #10 spot and will surely continue to drop in the years going forward.

The Alderman’s proposed legislation would:

• Declare bed bugs to be a “public nuisance”.

• Require landlords to hire professional exterminators instead of treating a complex on their own.

• Levy fines of up to $1,000 per day for landlords that do not comply with the regulations.

• Forbid landlords from renting out bed bug infested units.

• Landlords, hotels and businesses must hire exterminators within 10 days of being notified of or finding bed bugs at any establishment.

• Apartment, hotel, and motel rooms located above, below, and on either side must be treated for bed bugs.

• Bed bug infested hotel and motel rooms could not be rented until they are bed bug free.

• Tenants would be required to immediately notify landlords in writing about any bed bug infestation that is found or suspected.

• Mattresses that are infested with bed bugs must be wrapped in plastic prior to being tossed to the curb.

There are those who will argue that these are harsh changes.  But if the city wants to gain the upper hand against bed bugs, they must take a very aggressive approach to fighting the bloodsuckers.  Studies have shown that hiring a licensed pest control professional is the best way to combat bed bug infestations, which is clearly what the Alderman are try to see happen within the city.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire…Or A Bed Bug Bomb!

NJ pest control specialists have known for quite some time that foggers and bug bombs are ineffective treatment methods for the treatment of bed bug infestations.  Countless New Jersey residents have tried this remedy only to find that the tenacious pests persist to suck their blood night after night.

In many cases, using foggers and bug bombs is not only ineffective, it actually makes a bed bug infestation worse!  Bed bugs, like cockroaches, have good survival techniques.  They are able to detect the poisonous gas from this type of treatment method.  Once they detect it, they will high-tale it out of the area that they are holed up in.  This in turn causes the infestation to spread into other rooms, or even other apartments or condos when it is a multi-unit building.

Here’s an interesting bug bomb story for you…

The Bangor Daily News reported on August 22, 2012 that firefighters were called to the scene of a suspected fire in Portland, Maine.  It appeared that a historic building, which is now converted to apartment units, was going up in smoke.  Reports are that three fire trucks arrived onto the scene and safely cleared out the building of all of the residents.

The good news is that no fire was actually found within the historic building.  Upon inspection of the site, firefighters were finally able to determine that a resident had pulled the alarm as he/she mistakenly thought that the plumes of “smoke” being emitted from one particular apartment were not plumes of actual smoke from a fire.  Instead the plumes were caused by the resident who was using a bug bomb/fogger to try to kill the bed bugs that infested the unit.

No harm, no foul.  It was a case of mistaken  identity…but without a doubt; those bed bugs surely survived the ordeal.  Hopefully someone has hooked the resident up with a licensed pest control professional with experience in bed bug eradication!

Texas Landlords Taking Advantage of Tenants

NJ bed bugs specialists know first-hand how difficult it can be to rid an apartment unit of bed bugs.  The tenacious bloodsuckers will easily travel from unit to unit using electrical wires and plumbing pipes until they reach their desired victim.  As with any home or business, bed bugs can easily hide within walls and creep out of electrical outlets, or under baseboards, or through venting systems.  Unlike single family homes, multi-unit buildings provide even more opportunity for hungry bed bugs to travel from unit to unit with great ease.  It is not uncommon to find when a unit is infested; the units on either side, and above and below also have some level of bed bug infestation as well.  This is why the National Pest Management recommends that you must take an aggressive approach to treating bed bug infestations when it comes to multi-unit buildings.

According to Kvue.com on August 31, 2012, about two years ago, many Texas landlords began adding a “Bed Bug Addendum” to the leasing contract that all new renters are required to sign. The Addendum requires that new tenants find and report any bed bugs in an apartment within 48 hours of signing a lease.  Finding bed bugs or evidence of the pests in that short of a time period is typically an impossible task as in most instances; the bugs would likely have to travel from another unit to begin attacking the new tenant.  Additionally, unless the tenant captured the bed bug and knew what type of bug it was, it is unlikely that the tenant would realize that their apartment was infested for at least a few weeks if not longer.

While it is understandable that landlords want to protect their interest and financial well-being, passing off the expense of bed bug eradication services onto tenants is unfair.

Despite the fact that bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases to humans, the Texas Tenants Union believes that bed bugs should be considered to be a public heath nuisance by the State of Texas just like rats, mice and mosquitoes are considered to be.

Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs…A New Kind Of Superhero!

They don’t fly, and they can’t leap over a building in a single bound.  They don’t have x-ray vision, nor do they super human strength.  They don’t travel at superhuman speed, but they do have a superhuman sense of smell!  Bed bug sniffing dogs are going wild this summertime season helping NYC and NJ pest control professionals find bed bugs in hotels, motels, colleges, and businesses.  Locating the bed bugs before renters, patrons, or students discover the pests is always a top priority for these furry superheroes.

Bed bug sniffing dogs are superhuman when it comes to sniffing out bed bug infestations.  They can detect the smallest infestation of live or dead bed bugs.  They are also able to detect bed bug fecal matter and shed skins.  According to an article in the August 2012 OrlandoMagazine.com publication, recent testing was done on the accuracy of bed bug sniffing dogs at the University of Florida.  Bed bug sniffing dogs had a 98% accuracy rate at finding their targets.

According to nbc4i.com on August 3, 2012, Dominican University in Ohio is relying on the nose of a 2 year old beagle.  Ranger’s job is to find any bed bug infestations that exist within the campus prior to the arrival of any students.  The school is hoping to avoid having students bitten by bed bugs like they were last year when school first began.  It should be noted that it would be a good idea to have Ranger sniffing out each of the incoming student’s luggage pieces as you never know who may be harboring bed bugs in their own belongings.  It takes only one pregnant bed bug to eventually infest an entire dorm, classroom, cafeteria, lounge, laboratory, etc.

Bug Bombs And Foggers Are A Bust For Bed Bugs!

NYC and NJ pest control professionals have claimed for years that using bug bombs and foggers for bed bug infestations are not a viable solution.  Despite the warnings, in an effort to save money, many consumers have attempted to treat their bed bug infestations using these store bought products.

According to International Science Times on June 5, 2012, a new study has been released regarding the use of bug bombs and foggers by consumers.  An entomologist from Ohio State University reported to WebMD…”If you use these products, you will not get the infestation under control, you will waste your money, and you will delay effective treatment of your infestation” when speaking about the use of bug bombs and foggers for bed bug infestations.

The research study tested three bug bomb products on five different groups of bed bugs.  The bloodsuckers were then monitored for over two hours.  What was discovered is that the foggers had little to no effect on any of the bed bugs.

Bed bugs are tiny insects that hide in the cracks and crevices throughout a home.  They will most likely be found hiding where people frequently reside.  It is not uncommon for them to be hiding inside of walls, which fogger pesticides will never reach.  Bug bombs or foggers do not have the capability to penetrate into the cavities where bed bugs tend to hide which is why the researchers have come to the conclusion that these products are ineffective against bed bug infestations.

Bed bug infestations should only be handled by a pest control professional.  A delay in treatment will allow the infestation to thrive.