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magnified bed bug“Just try to sleep tight. The bed bugs are back,” a New York Times headline proclaimed in 2005. The article reported on a resurgence of reports about infestations of tiny Cimex lectularius in New York City. These “stealthy and fast-moving nocturnal creatures that were all but eradicated by DDT after World War II, have recently been found in hospital maternity wards, private schools and even a plastic surgeon’s waiting room,” the article stated.1

The New York experience is not unique. Around the world, pest control specialists have reported “10-fold, 100-fold, even 1,000-fold increases in bed bug jobs over the past five or ten years,” according to pest control consultants Lawrence J. Pinto, Richard Cooper, and Sandy Kraft.2

Bed bugs have been a nuisance to humans at least as far back as ancient Greece. Although largely eradicated in the Western countries in the 1940s with the aggressive use of pesticides, notably DDT, they began to re-emerge in the mid-1990s. Entomologists and pest control specialists believe that several factors may contribute to this trend. These factors include the continuing decline or elimination of effective vector/pest control programs at state and local public health agencies, increased resistance to various insecticides, and an increase in international travel, which raises the chances that the tiny pests will be unknowingly packed into luggage.3

Bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, but they are a troublesome health nuisance. Their bites can cause mild to severe allergic reactions, and people living in infested homes have reported anxiety, insomnia, and systemic reactions.4 These bites don’t just occur at home. Using workers’ compensation (WC) claims data from California between 2000 and 2011, the California Department of Public Health identified 96 workers who were bitten by bed bugs while traveling for work. The majority of bed bug-related WC claims in California consisted of complaints of bed bug bites or rashes caused from bites; however there were several reports of physical injuries (such as strains) sustained by workers while moving furniture to look for or treat bed bugs. (More information on work-related insecticide exposures is provided below.)

For apartment owners and managers, hotels and motels, and other businesses involving the stewardship of property, a bed bug infestation can be a serious business cost in remediation expenses, public stigma, and lawsuits.5 The annoyance, economic costs, frustration and emotional agony of bed bug infestations may tempt business owners and homeowners to take extreme measures. However, a recent study by NIOSH scientists and their colleagues highlights the need to be informed and strategic in dealing with the problem, so that tackling one problem does not introduce greater health risks of another kind.

Bed bug infestations often are treated with insecticides, but insecticide resistance is a problem, and excessive use of insecticides or improper application can increase the potential for illness in humans. To better understand the problem of illness associated with bed bug-related insecticide, investigators looked for cases using the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks (SENSOR) Pesticides program and data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. A total of 110 illnesses and one fatality associated with bed bug-related insecticide were identified in seven states: California, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Texas, and Washington.

The most frequently reported health outcomes were neurologic symptoms (40%), including headache and dizziness; respiratory symptoms (40%), including upper respiratory tract pain and irritation and dyspnea; and gastrointestinal symptoms (33%), including nausea and vomiting. Most (81%) symptoms were of low severity. The individual whose death was linked to bed-bug related insecticide had a series of preexisting medical conditions and was exposed to high levels of insecticide through atypical applications.6

The most common factors contributing to illness were excessive insecticide application, failure to wash or change pesticide-treated bedding, and inadequate notification of pesticide application. The majority of insecticide exposures were to pyrethroids and/or pyrethrins, and were in toxicity category III and are considered to be slightly toxic.

Among the cases of illnesses from bed bug-related insecticide, 12% were work-related. Of these, three illnesses involved workers who applied pesticides, including two pest control operators, of whom one was a certified applicator. Four cases involved workers who were unaware of pesticide applications (e.g., two carpet cleaners who cleaned an apartment recently treated with pesticides). Two cases involved hotel workers (a maintenance worker and a manager) who were exposed when they entered a recently treated hotel room, and two cases involved emergency medical technicians who responded to a scene where they found white powder thought to be an organophosphate pesticide.

To prevent future illness from bed bug-related insecticides, NIOSH recommends educating the public about effective bed bug management including:

  • nonchemical methods to control bed bugs such as:
    • heating infested rooms to 118°F (48°C) for 1 hour or cooling rooms to 3°F (-16°C) for 1 hour by professional applicators ;
    • encasing mattresses and box springs with bed bug—excluding covers;
    • vacuuming, steaming, laundering, and disposing of infested items
  • methods to prevent bed bug infestation (e.g., avoiding the purchase of used mattresses and box springs),
  • prudent use of effective insecticides.

Those who choose to treat their bed bug infestation with insecticides should seek the services of a certified exterminator who uses an integrated pest management approach to avoid pesticide misuse. Those applying insecticides should follow product instructions for safe and appropriate use. Insecticide labels that are easy to read and understand also can help prevent illnesses associated with bed bug control.

If individuals develop an illness from exposure to bed-bug related insecticides, they should consult their personal physician or the poison control center (1-800-222-1222) and mention that the insecticide exposure occurred while attempting to eliminate bed bugs.

If bed bugs are a problem where you live or work, be bright in your fight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Dr. Howard is the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Dr. Hudson is an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at NIOSH

Dr. Calvert is a Team Leader and Senior Medical Epidemiologist in the NIOSH Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies

References

  1. Just Try to Sleep Tight. The Bed Bugs Are Back. New York Times, Nov. 27, 2005, p. A-1.
  2. Pinto et al, Bed Bug Handbook: The Complete Guide to Bed Bugs and Their Control. Mechanicsville, Md.: Pinto & Associates, 2007, p. 2
  3. Pinto et al, pp. 36-41; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Bed Bug Information.
  4. Joint Statement on Bed Bug Control in the United States from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]
  5. The Cost of Bed Bugs, Business Week, Nov. 8, 2007.
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Acute Illnesses Associated With Insecticides Used to Control Bed Bugs – Seven States, 2003-2010. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, September 23, 2011 / 60(37);1269-1274.

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  1. September 29, 2011 at 8:41 pm ET  -   florence Petit

    How to heat a bedroom at 48 degree celsius? are there some apparels for the house.

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    • AUTHOR COMMENT September 30, 2011 at 9:04 am ET  -   John Howard, Naomi Hudson, and Geoffrey Calvert

      As stated in the blog, controlling bed bugs with extreme heat or cold should be done by a professional. Individuals should not attempt this on their own.

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  2. October 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm ET  -   kiran

    May be high humidity may help. I remember that the bedbugs vanished in my hometown when there was high humidity and heat.

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  3. October 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm ET  -   Alan

    What part of the country is hardest hit by these little creatures?

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    • AUTHOR COMMENT October 5, 2011 at 11:12 am ET  -   John Howard, Naomi Hudson, and Geoffrey Calvert

      We are not aware of any systematic collection of information on the incidence of bedbug infestations. The available information is anecdotal and not peer-reviewed. However, a recent article in Forbes magazine identified the cities and states whose residents were most frequently contacting two of the largest pest exterminators in the US. The cities included New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The state with the most calls per capita was Ohio.

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  4. October 3, 2011 at 11:07 am ET  -   Frank Mirer

    What’s the evidence that banning DDT is responsible for re emergence of bed bugs, especially in developed countries?

    Why is this quoted in such an uncritical fashion?

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    • AUTHOR COMMENT October 4, 2011 at 10:32 am ET  -   John Howard, Naomi Hudson, and Geoffrey Calvert

      Thank you for your comment. There are many possible factors contributing to the reemergence of bed bugs in this country. As previously written, the blog may have overstated the role of the discontinuance of DDT. As such, we have edited the third paragraph to better reflect the role of pesticides in the reemergence.

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  5. October 11, 2011 at 1:31 am ET  -   Aldin

    Thanks for this great information, I am hotelier and working as room division manager. I really need this kind of knowledge.

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  6. October 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm ET  -   Frank

    Well, I can assure you that we have found bedbugs even in federal buildings. You may have read reports last year that bedbugs were found in the Empire State Building. The problem with bedbugs is that their eggs survive initial attempts to eradicate the adult population. When they hatch, they can breed again.

    I think it is extremely important to keep a clean house. As with any insects like fleas, lice, bedbugs, etc. – they flourish and thrive in dirty houses with crusty or wet floors. Vacuuming every other day and mopping is really not too much to ask for, and it’s a great preventive and also control measure.

    People scream for chemicals that are very harsh and unhealthy to them and their pets, but keeping their place clean in the first place often helps.

    Well, thanks Dr. Howard you gave me a break from my guide on how to study for the mcat.

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  7. December 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm ET  -   Yvonne Duffy

    I live in senior housing and I am very unhappy with my visitor the bug. I cleaned my apartment section by section they invaded my closets i used mint leaves when they did bite me at nite which helped did not get rid of them but did help. I sprayed with hot shot did help while the exterminator who the manger has here walks around and puts boxes as if the bed bugs are going to climb in and make a new home. This would be a good place to do a study.

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  8. January 26, 2012 at 12:22 am ET  -   pest control

    Pest control is now a common and burning topic in this today’s wold. Now a days it should be controlled. If it does not be controlled in time, it may hamper greatly. So we should be aware about his controlling system.I have actually gotten much about this topic in your blog. Thanks for sharing this.

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  9. January 27, 2012 at 12:58 am ET  -   Mattress covers for bed bugs

    Sniffer dogs are the nonchemical method to remove the problem of bedbugs. Therefore it is a really effective technique for both an industrial and home-style by that you can kill the bedbugs and their eggs immediately.

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  10. January 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm ET  -   bed bug removal los angeles

    Bed glitches are one of the most aggravating wildlife on the earth. They are little glitches that draw the system vessels of humans for their success. Though the generally recognized is that they are too small to be seen, it’s not entirely real. These glitches often come to life in our residences in the evening, therefore creating it all the more challenging for us to identify a bed bug infestation

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  11. March 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm ET  -   Mark

    We are seeing that this is by far our best year for bed bugs. We are 1 mile from Gatwick airport and with many Hotels there is a serious problem. We have also found they are becoming resistant to the Insecticides.

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  12. March 30, 2012 at 1:07 am ET  -   Andi

    It takes a lot of safety precautions to be able to safely and effectively execute bed bugs insecticides. When you do have to call pest control, I believe it would be best if you will also vacate the area especially if you have kids and elders in the household.

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  13. April 3, 2012 at 4:38 am ET  -   joymilson

    hot water is effective option because bed bugs cant live in heat. So have a try!

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  14. May 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm ET  -   Kandy Shade

    Im trying to find some help.My sons school has bed bugs an the student who has them comes to school everyday. My son informed me everyday the nurse checks this kid and finds the bed bugs on him every check and she puts them in a little bag. I don’t even want to send him back to the school,he alreay came home with one on him.We searched every thing top to bottom thankfully we haven’t found an since.Still my concern is growing greater iI have five children and I feel that sending my son to school is putting my family at risk of getting bed bugs.The school hasn’t done what needs to be done they told me all they can do is clean everyday.Please help me so I know what I should do.I will be calling into your office in the morning to get more info.

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    • May 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm ET  -   John Howard, Naomi Hudson and Geoffrey Calvert

      We sympathize with your plight. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s research on bed bugs relates to hazards faced by workers. You may want to visit http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pesticides/pdffiles/bb-schools1.pdf which contains information on managing bed bugs at schools.

      This is what that document recommends when a bed bug is found on a child at school:
      • The nurse of some other predetermined person should be called to escort the child and their belongings to the dryer area.
      • Have the child change into temporary clothing and place all of their clothes (including shoes) in the dryer set on high for 30 minutes.
      • After the clothes are heat treated, have the child change back into their clothes and return to class.
      • Heat the rest of their belongings and the temporary clothes on high for 30 minutes. Use the dryer shelf if their belongings cannot be tumbled.

      If you are concerned that your son may be bringing home bed bugs, you could have your son change into a fresh set of clothes when he returns home and place all of his school clothes (including shoes) in the dryer set on high for 30 minutes. The heat will kill any bed bugs and eggs present.

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  15. June 11, 2012 at 4:17 am ET  -   Paul Blackburn

    This issue should be the priority of the Government programs because it will affect our production.

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  16. June 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm ET  -   cindy

    Nice article, there are cases where in we encounter bed bugs. it may be in our home or school. This is really helpful especially to those having this pest problem.

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  17. July 5, 2012 at 4:10 am ET  -   insomnia symptoms

    when i was a kid, my mother often hang mastress in the sun, so the bed bugs dead.may be that way can be used for households that have more space for drying mastress.because is very annoying when bed bugs bite, can cause dizziness due to overnight lack of sleep.
    Nice artikel.Thanks

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  18. July 9, 2012 at 1:59 am ET  -   Tamika

    where did they come from. need to know they showed up one day , and they take over???????

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    • July 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm ET  -   John Howard, Naomi Hudson, and Geoffrey Calvert

      Although bed bugs were largely eradicated in Western countries in the 1940s with the aggressive use of pesticides, notably DDT, bed bugs began to re-emerge in the mid-1990s. Entomologists and pest control specialists believe that several factors may contribute to this trend. These factors include the continuing decline or elimination of effective vector/pest control programs at state and local public health agencies, increased resistance to various insecticides, and an increase in international travel, which raises the chances that the tiny pests will be unknowingly packed into luggage.

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  19. August 22, 2012 at 5:21 am ET  -   Jamie

    We specialise in Pest Control London and deal with numerous cases of Bedbugs, they are extremely common. The amount of people suffering from health side effects that we deal with have tripled in the last year. Here’s to eradicating them – thanks!

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  20. September 17, 2012 at 7:26 am ET  -   Edwin Cooke

    One of the things I am aware of about bed bugs is that they are not restricted to beds, anything made of wood can make a handy home for them from cracks in bed frames, picture frames to shelves and so on. They are thin little blighters and can hide anywhere and come out at night. They are generally easy to get rid of but whatever you do has to be comprehensive, becuase if you miss one they will breed up again!

    I work assembling furniture in peoples homes and came across this once, when removing an old bed frame, it was horrible to point out. Equally I just wanted to leave ASAP I didn’t want my tools getting tainted! I read up on it that evening just to be sure and left my tools in the car outside overnight. Whilst the overnight cold would ave dne the trick it damaged my drill driver batteries!

    I wrote about it on my blog here:Furniture Assembly News

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  21. September 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm ET  -   Roger

    Thank you so much for this article on bed bugs, i’m blogging myself about bed bugs symptoms and how to get rid of bed bugs.

    Kind regards,
    Roger

    [http://www.bedbugssymptoms.org/]

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  22. October 2, 2012 at 11:28 am ET  -   Judith Merrill

    Why do certain hotels (like Name Removed) still promote the procedure where you have to ASK to have your bed linens changed everyday? They tout it’s to ‘save the planet’ but it’s rubbish…all it does is increase the bottom line profits for the hotel chain while promoting the spread of bed bugs. It would be good if the CDC issued public statements against this process. Every person paying for a hotel deserves clean bed linens daily and a good vacuuming, which apparently you also have to ask for. Using CNN, MSNBC, and Fox to deliver these important directives would not only inform the public to demand better treatment, but will also serve to notify hotel chain owners of the problem of bed bugs and the need to change this policy. Thanks.

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  23. October 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm ET  -   Anirudh

    Hi,
    I have recently started using a chemical spray as bed bugs count has very rapidly increased in my house. Thanks for the part on preventing illness from bed bugs related insecticides. It was helpful.

    Regards,
    Anirudh Bahadur

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  24. October 28, 2012 at 2:26 am ET  -   Charles Fowler

    Bed Bugs can’t walk on smooth plastic. Encase your mattress. Place a clear plastic sheet between the mattress and box spring. Plastic is on rolls at Osh hardware. The plastic overhang should be about 4 inches all around the boxspring. The Bed Bugs cannot get to you and will starve. Your bed must be a proper bed. No covers touching the walls, etc. Also this treatment works well with Subdued light.
    If, you can kill the eggs at your bed, that is the key. If you determined heat treatment is too dangerous or expensive, now what ? The big picture is you have a ranch, your’re raising Bed Bugs and using your bed as a corral. First, spray your bed or encase the bed to kill the eggs so you won’t be overwhelmed. Second, Make sure there are no problems with your bed. Nothing about your bed can be allowed the touch the wall or floor, but the caster wheels. Third, the new corral for the Bed Bugs is a dim light going 24/7 where the Bed Bugs can be drawn to and removed with masking tape. Fourth, you spray the ceiling-wall line on two of the most distant walls from the dim light to move the Bed Bugs toward the light. Notes: Do not spray near the dim light or any other location, that will create a barrier to keep them from coming to the light. This dim light is most likely for life. As new Bed Bugs arrive at your home they will go to the light. Bed Bugs are drawn to you like Bees, by your Co2. A fan moving air near your bed will mix your Co2 evenly in your bedroom, making it hard for Bed Bugs to find you. Every other day a light spray on your bed caster wheels will protect you. Those in the Bed Bug business won’t be needed anymore. Please beware of baised replies from them.This method seems to be the “Silver Bullet” for Bed Bugs. This lure will provide detection, control for the home and car. The poorest people will be able to handle their infestations. This DIY project can be done for a very small cost of parts. This is a very “Green” method. For all living places and whole house treatment, the hallways will become giant traps. The lights are there, a $5.00 dimmer switch is needed and spray. Lightly place DE on hall traffic areas where people put their foot down. Careful: My new kitten made a mistake, near the light. I moved the litter box there. Later I found a live Bed Bug in it. When the Bed Bugs stop coming to the light, they’re gone, for now. If you have total control, you’ll have complete relief. The Dim lights double for night lights and Bed Bug control. Bed Bugs are not exclusively Nocturnal. When light is used as a lure, this will lead to the downfall of Bed Bugs. Bed Bugs like darkness and subdued light. When you provide subdued light in the darkness they will go there. Search Google… Bed Bugs+ Subdued light. Bedbuggers Bed Bug forum is Overrun with Pest Control Operators who control the site to promote their Bed Bug Businesses. The web site is run by a host who has no knowledge of Bed Bugs and has sold her soul to them for information from them and to give herself credibility.Anybody who has any information to offer, that might interfere with Pest Control Operators ability to promote themselves will be surpressed to keep the information from being made available to the public. All treatments for Bed Bugs must be done by a professional and victims who suffer can do nothing to help themselves,is a lie. The public is being terrorized with false information. Persons making money from Bed Bugs,don’t want, DIY Subdued lighting treatment, to be true. What is it? Has there been a cover-up? How could so many people in the Pest control business not know that Bed Bugs are attracted to light. Don’t they look? Don’t they want to know? How could they let so many people suffer? It’s a scandal. How could reseachers not know? Is this how the World is? It’s disgusting. Insects having negative phototropism show an identical reaction, but only when they are subjected to a rapid increase of light. The bedbug is, as we know, energetically photophobic; it hides in the darkest cracks and leaves only during the night. In the daytime, says Bohn, if an accident has brought it from the shade into the light, it immediately executes a rotation of 180 degrees, which brings it into the shadow. On a sheet of paper it walks away from the luminous rays and turns about immédiately when one holds a candle toward it. “It is very difficult,” adds Bohn, “to make a bedbug which is on black paper pass over upon a piece of white paper. Anytime a Bed Bug is startled with a handheld candle or light of course it’s going to run and hide. A Bed Bug chooses a white paper over other colors when not disturbed. Negative phototropism testing is flawed. Bed Bugs have Positve Phototropism. Vintage – “Bedbugs”, US Dept of Agriculture, 1937
    Leaflet No. 146. Great 8 page, illustrated leaflet stating, “Bedbugs are normally nocturnal. When the lights are out they emerge from their daytime hiding places and seek to feed upon their host. Sometimes, when very hungry, they will feed during the daytime in subdued light. Their normally nocturnal habit is modified necessarily when they infest furniture in rest rooms in stores, theater seats, desks in offices, and similar situations that are not frequented by man throughout the night. In such places bedbugs often bite persons during the day.” Bed Bug Statements:Bed bugs are nocturnal, but may feed during the day in areas with reduced lighting such as theaters when no hosts are present at night. Currently. Cornell University says, “Bed bugs can be enticed to bite during the day if light is subdued and they are hungry.”

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    • November 7, 2012 at 9:59 am ET  -   Geoffrey Calvert

      NIOSH posts all responses to the blog that do not violate our comment policy. We have provided safe and effective bed bug control recommendations in our blog. We would like to point out that we do not recommend spraying beds with insecticide because of concerns about skin contact with insecticide residues on the bed.

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  25. November 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm ET  -   Nathan Jacobs

    I recently heard a news report concerning bed bugs infestations being on the rise, but i didn’t really think it was that bad. To think that they are even showing up in hospitals, which follow stricter sanitation regulations than the general public, is scary to say the least. I like the article gave some do it yourself tips to treat a bed bug problem, because paying a professional can be costly.

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  26. November 29, 2012 at 9:45 am ET  -   John Howard, Naomi Hudson and Geoffrey Calvert

    On November 27, 2012 CDC issued a Health Advisory titled Health Concerns about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control.

    The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are alerting the public to an emerging national concern regarding misuse of pesticides to treat infestations of bed bugs and other insects indoors. Some pesticides are being applied indoors even though they are approved only for outdoor use. Even pesticides that are approved for indoor use can cause harm if over applied or not used as instructed on the product label. The full advisory can be viewed at: http://emergency.cdc.gov/HAN/han00336.asp

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  27. January 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm ET  -   Chipp

    We need more education and vigilance in dealing with bed bugs. Their resurgence is becoming very scary. I am working on a video to educate people about the proper ways to get rid of a bed bug infestation. It will be up soon on my youtube channel

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  28. January 21, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET  -   Mike

    Bed bugs is something we really do care about in hospitals and private clinics. I know some good treatments do exist now, so no excuse for not taking action about this !..
    Mike

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  29. March 25, 2014 at 5:15 am ET  -   joe

    At my organic mattress store in Berkeley, Ca, I educated consumers about how to care for their mattress with concern to bedbugs. Even something like the zipper is susceptible to bed bugs!

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  30. April 2, 2014 at 7:04 pm ET  -   Sasa

    Working in the pest control industry for the last 6 years, I have seen bed bug calls double or triple in volume year, after year, after year. Successful bed bug control involves both using the right materials and methods as well as thorough and detailed inspection / material application / treatment.

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  31. August 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm ET  -   David

    Wow! My wife is super sacred of bed bugs, she even insists on checking the hotel beds for them before getting into bed anywhere we go. I used to think she was crazy, now I think I might need to do it more often.

    We usually travel with our dog who sleeps in the bed with us. I know, I know, he is super spoiled, we even have a website for him! I wonder if there is a higher risk of transferring bed bugs through our pets?

    Would be really interesting to read about that.

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    • September 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm ET  -   Geoffrey Calvet

      The American Veterinary Medical Association has some good information on bed bugs and pets. It is available at https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Bed-Bugs-FAQs.aspx. Bed bugs bite and feed on people and pets, but they don’t live on people and pets. Bed bugs don’t navigate well on fur, so they prefer to feed on animals with limited or no fur. Bed bugs are very efficient hitchhikers and can be transported to your home via luggage, clothing, bedding, furniture, etc.. As such, it is possible that bed bugs could also hitchhike in your pet’s bedding or clothing, if you take that bedding and clothing when you travel.

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  32. September 18, 2014 at 5:53 pm ET  -   Michael Andrew

    Thanks for this high quality information, I am hotelier and working as room division manager. I really need this kind of knowledge. Thanks for so much informations about the treatments.

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  33. October 7, 2014 at 12:29 pm ET  -   Ofifa Furniture

    Very interesting article,well posted,thank you.

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