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Living With Bed Bugs For Six Years…Oh My!

Could you imagine living with bed bugs attacking you each night for six very long years?  Residents in a Brooklyn apartment building claim that they have been living a hellish bed bug nightmare, with little relief provided by their landlord.

According to reports by the New York Daily News on August 30, 2011, tenants in the Bay Ridge building in Brooklyn have been battling the bloodsucking pests since 2005.  Long-time residents claim to have spent huge amounts of money replacing mattresses and furniture in an effort to escape the nighttime nibblers.  Residents have been forced to keep their belongings in plastic bags so that they can remain free of bed bugs.  Tenants claim that on occasion, pest control experts have been called to provide treatment to a unit here or there in the building, but the bed bug problem persists because the entire building has never received bed bug treatment at the same time.  “The landlord currently has 43 open housing code violations, with the most recent bed bug violation issued August 16th.”  The residents also complain of trouble with rodents running amuck in the building.

You may read the article here.

It’s important to educate yourself about bed bug infestations if you want to win the war against them.  Mattresses can be saved with the help of Protect-A-Bed Mattress Encasements.   These amazing covers will trap any remaining bed bugs and their eggs inside of the encasement and keep any new bed bugs from being able to infest the exterior of the mattress. The special bite-proof cover guarantees that you won’t need to worry about any existing bed bugs biting through the fabric or escaping into your home.

There is a variety of bed bug monitors that can help trap and control bed bug infestations.  Working in conjunction with pest control services, these devices will help get an infested building or room under control in no time at all.

If you live in a rental unit, communication and cooperation with your landlord about how bed bug preparations, treatments, monitoring, and follow-up will occur is paramount to the successful elimination of any bed bug infestation.

NJ Pest Control Experts Warn College Students About Bed Bugs Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Monday…

To date, there have already been a number of colleges and universities throughout the United States that have reported having trouble with bed bug infestations.  Maysville Community and Technical College has found them in their tutoring center.  Wake Forest University had bed bug infestations thriving in 2% of their dorm rooms and the dorm rooms at Old Dominican University have the buggers lurking around too.  This is likely only the beginning of the bed bug nightmare for many college students!

New Jersey pest control experts report that many colleges throughout the United States are being proactive by having pest control experts at the ready in case an outbreak occurs.  If the bloodsuckers are discovered, colleges are using high tech devices such as heat treatment, Cryonite, pesticides, and bed bug sniffing dogs to clear any area of the infestation to have the least amount of disruption and to keep students healthy and safe.

The recent study from the National Pest Management Association called “2011 Bugs Without Borders Survey” revealed that 73% of pest control professionals believe that bed bugs are the most difficult pest to eradicate.  Upon arriving at any campus dorm room, New Jersey pest control experts recommend that you carefully examine the room for bed bugs prior to bringing in any personal belongings.  Bed bugs can easily be lurking in the tufts and seams of the bed so you so definitely buy a Protect-A-Bed Mattress Encasement. The encasement will not only fully encase the entire mattress, trapping any potential bed bugs or their eggs inside (forever), they will also keep bed bugs from being able to make a nest on the mattress if any exist in the room or hitchhike their way inside at a later date.

Always remember, avoiding bed bugs is easier than dealing with an infestation!

New Federal Bed Bug Legislation On The Horizon? Part I Of II

Bed bugs continue to make their march across the United States.  Despite efforts to educate the public about the tenacious little vampires, these bugs continue to infest and multiply homes and businesses at alarming rates.

In an effort to help curtail bed bug infestations that are plaguing so many Americans in the United States, there is now a new federal bed bug Bill that is being considered by Congressional committee members.  HR 967 – The Bed Bug Management, Prevention and Research Act of 2011was introduced by Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-OH) this week.  This Bill would “amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act to support the efforts to control and eradicate bed bugs with respect to public health, and for other purposes.”

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), which is a leading authority on all pest related issues, has announced that they support the new bed bug legislation.  In response to the Bill, Mr. Rosenberg, Senior Vice President at the NPMA said “Pest management professionals are on the front lines of the bed bug war, but cannot go at it alone. It is important the government, the public and the pest control industry work together to minimize infestations through education, building awareness and assistance. This Bill sets the stage for this crucial cooperation.”

The legislation up for consideration contains several beneficial components that will aid government agencies, pest control experts, and residents in the battle against bed bug infestations.

Here are the highlights of the pending bed bug Bill:

Establish a research program to control and eradicate bed bugs.  Grants to be used to:

• Develop more effective chemicals and chemical methods to detect, prevent and manage bed bug infestations.

• Identifying or discovering affordable and effective methods of managing bed bugs.

• Establish a Bed Bug Task Force which would consist of representatives from the pest management industry, hospitality industry, public health organizations, and any other group significantly impacted by bed bug infestations.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion.

NPMA’s – Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs Just Released

To help provide guidance to pest management professionals and consumers alike, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has been working to create industry wide, consumer friendly guidelines for bed bug eradication practices.  With much anticipation, the NPMA has released the “Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs!”

The Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs (BMPs) contains valuable information that will help pest management professionals as they fight to eliminate bed bugs from homes and businesses throughout the United States.  The BMPs was created by top industry professionals, regulators, entomologists, and academics.

Here’s a brief overview of the BMPs:

• Business Practices – A general guideline to pest management professionals. Customers should consider this a Business 101 checklist.

• Service Agreements – Guidance is offered to pest control experts on how to design service agreements for customers.

• Technician and Sales Staff Training – Information on what type of bed bug related training that pest control staff members should have.

• Disposal of Beds, Furniture, Possessions – Proper instruction on when it is necessary to dispose of bed bug infested furniture.  Note: the BMPs believes it is often unnecessary.

• Client Cooperation and Treatment Preparations – Guidance on what a client must do in a home or commercial establishment in preparation for bed bug treatment.

• Bed Bug Detection – Offers information on what constitutes evidence of bed bugs and what does not.  The BMPs informs pest management professionals and consumers when monitoring is necessary and when immediate treatment is necessary. It also includes information about different types of monitoring devices and the advantages and disadvantages of using this option.

• Bed Bug Scent Detection Canine Teams – Specific information is provided about canine teams, when they are most effective, how they should work, and certification recommendations.

• Integrated Pest Management and Methods of Control – IPM information is offered to pest management professionals to pass along to homeowners and business owners to lessen their chances of having a full-blown bed bug infestation.  Different types of IPM methods and products are covered in full detail.

• Post-Treatment Evaluation – An explanation as to why you must continue to look for bed bugs after treatment commences and why multiple treatments might be necessary after the first treatment.

• Health and Safety of Customers – Reminders about health and safety considerations.

The Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs will be followed by leading bed bug pest control experts!

Bed Bugs Are Bugging NYC Businesses

With each day that passes, it seems that New York City bed bugs are popping up and scaring the daylights out of folks.  In recent months the bloodsuckers have made their presence known at retail stores, movie theaters, and opera houses.  There’s no question that the hotel industry has been hit hard as each month you hear of more hotels being subjected to the nasty little vampires.

Some people believe that bed bugs are the new media baby because there are daily bed bug messages being hammered to consumers.  But ask anyone who has suffered though a NYC bed bug infestation and they will tell you that these little buggers are something to be feared.

It’s not surprising that hotels and motels are being hit so hard with the bed bug infestations in New York.  Although nobody can be certain as to the cause of the recent upsurge in bed bug numbers, experts tend to agree that the ease of travel has helped the buggers move from place to place and NYC is a prime travel destination.

For a good NYC pest control expert, killing bed bugs is not difficult, but finding their hiding place is the key to success.  One of the tools that Stern Environmental Group will use to find a NYC bed bug infestation is a Bed Bug Sniffing Dog.  Sniffer dogs endure months of training and are able to detect as little as one bed bug, alive or dead.  They are also able to find bed bug feces and bed bug eggs.  They have proven to be an invaluable tool in the fight against NYC bed bugs.

Because bed bugs are masters at hitchhiking from place to place and because they reproduce so quickly, NYC bed bug infestations are quickly becoming an epidemic in the city.  Hoteliers can help keep NYC bed bugs from bugging guests by having a specific protocol in place in anticipation of a bed bug infestation.  Hotels should definitely educate their staff about bed bugs and also consider using mattress and box spring encasements, passive bed bug monitors, and a licensed NYC pest control company that specializes in bed bug treatments.

The simple fact is, it’s not a matter of IF you will ever have a bed bug infestation, its’ a matter of WHEN the bed bug infestation will occur.