Back on Friday September 23rd, the CDC released theirweekly report :Acute Illnesses Associated With Insecticides Used to Control Bed Bugs — Seven States, 2003–2010. The report details a variety of problems that have occurred from the miss-use of pesticides to kill bed bugs. The errors range from over application to untrained application to just not following the instructions. The stories are sad because I understand what these people are going through. They just want the bed bugs gone and their life back. But pesticides are not the answer.
The CDC actually states in their report that “CDC and EPA promote integrated pest management (IPM) for bed bug control. IPM is an effective pest control method that uses information on the life cycle of the pest and incorporates non-chemical and chemical methods. Non-chemical methods used to effectively control bed bugs include heating infested rooms to 118°F (48°C) for 1 hour.”
Finally! Validation for what I have been talking about! Heat is the best method to kill bed bugs. Now I will say, I disagree on their temperature and time period, it is low on both accounts. But that is addressed in adifferent blog.
Your Friday bed bug news from across the globe. Dig in; there is plenty to go around!
- It looks like bed bugs are seriously hitting the books this semester. Between elementary and college, bed bug enrollment is up. They are evening trying to join fraternities. I’m seeing this across the country. I fully expect that things will get worse before they get better.
- These bed bugs are on display for all to see. I think it’s a good way to educate people in what they look like.
- Not to offend anyone, but if you think a mattress encasement is your bed bug solution, then I have a bridge to sell you. These wrappers don’t protect you when bed bugs crawl out from behind a headboard, night table, bed skirt or chair. These are a waste of money.
- Now here is a product I wholeheartedly support. Bring on the heat!
- Bed bugs attack the Ritz Carlton in NYC. These pests like 5 star hotels just as much as .5 star hotels. Be vigilant no matter where you stay.