Bed bugs have become a major concern for pest control companies. Calls for bed bug service are pouring in around the nation. The National Management Control Association says they’ve seen a 71% increase in bed bug related calls. New York reported that bed bug infestations increased 34% during the past year. Where are these bed bugs coming from? Why are bed bugs on the rise?
Authorities want to point fingers at international travelers. They believe that individuals traveling abroad bring back the pests in clothes and in suit cases. Travelers within the US may also pick up these pests from hotels that are frequented by international travelers and bring them home. But what’s even more frightening is that idea that these bed bugs are moving out of the bed and into couches, airplanes, and movie theaters! …YIKES!
After a 50 year slump these bugs are back with a vengeance. And Pest Control companies are perplexed on how to solve the problem. They don’t fall under general pest control treatments. Realistically it takes special equipment and several interior treatments to rid a home of bed bugs. Plus its recommended that residents wash all of their laundry around the same time to kill of any bed bugs that are hiding in clothes. And according to pest control companies that attended the recent EPA: National Bed Bug Summit ,”Residents are a problem and are sometimes unwilling to cooperate or engage in behaviors to manage pests” ….Residents are a further nuisance because… “Preventative and ongoing inspection is necessary to address the problem, … residents and property managers do not cooperate or do not consider pest inspections to be a priority” The conclusion therefore is that IPM which integrates the residents doesn’t work.
It seems that ultimately those in attendance still don’t have a solid solution for controlling bed bugs. They made suggestions like “Property managers must be certified pest control operators to treat their own properties.” to ideas like “Pest Control Companies should be certified in bed bugs and there should be a national accrediting body for those pest control operators.” In the end, the biggest complaint from PCOs was that the EPA has restricted the use of products that use to work for bed bugs. So it seems they believe the only solution using the current products is a program that both the residents and PCOs can work together on and both share some of the burdens of failure or success. Needless to say, “We need to educate the public” was among the better solutions they came up with at the summit. So at least they all seemed to agree on one thing… There is a Bed Bug Epidemic and that the public needs to know about it.
But don’t worry they plan on holding another Bed Bug Summit to further discuss the problem and possible solutions.
Read EPA’s Full report here: http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/ppdc/bedbug-summit/partic-recom.pdf
Bed Bugs 2009 summit was held April 14th.