After an absence of several decades, bedbugs are back. Bedbugs are blood-sucking parasites similar to head lice. Bedbugs, like head lice, feed on the blood of humans but are not believed to transmit disease, according to the Center for Disease Control.
According to the New York Times, bedbugs are arthropods of mystery, the Bug That Ate New York. Why are they back? Why didn’t they stay in New York?
“Back in the old days, mattresses were made of straw so you could burn them,” says Steve Gustafson, RatsToRoaches pest control expert. Bedbugs sometimes hide in rigid metal rib along the edge of a mattress (inspect to detect their excrement), or they hide in the box springs, but they are usually within eight feet of the bed or couch. In motels, they are often behind the wall-mounted headboard. This is why dogs are often used to locate bedbugs.
“Be very careful what you buy at flea markets,” Steve Gustafson counsels. “You can get more than fleas. You can get bedbugs. I found bedbugs in the toe of a keepsake baby shoe that was kept near a bed!”
How do you get rid of bedbugs? “To be successful, you need a partnership between the residents and the pest control people,” says Steve. Chemicals alone won’t eliminate bedbugs. “This is not like any other pest,” Steve continues. While 90% of bedbugs stay close by their food source, others will hunt for new sources, like the couch. And if an infested apartment is vacant for a long period, they will move to the next apartment in search of food. Steve Gustafson specializes in eliminating bedbugs from homes and apartments.
Some bedbugs are resistant to most approved chemicals; sprays or foggers will just drive them to new territory, according to the New York Times. It usually takes a combination of techniques to effectively eradicate bedbugs, and experience counts. Some more toxic chemicals are under consideration. Call Steve Gustafson at RatsToRoaches today for a free estimate for your pest control needs.