Bed bugs thrive in the nooks and crannies of warm, small spaces, such as furniture and fabrics. As temperatures climb this summer, bed bug activity could increase, according to entomologist Jeffrey White's national bed bug population study. The peak in activity from July through September has been dubbed "The Bed Bug Season" in the study. According to previous studies, bed bugs were developing from egg to adult in 66 days on average at 64 degrees F. Recently it has been... Read More
Month: June 2012
Mosquitos can certainly create a lot of issues for people during the summer months. But experts at the University of Cincinnati (UC) caution individuals to examine bug bites much closer. “The individual bed bug bite looks much the same as a mosquito or flea bite with the only discerning identifier being that bed bugs tend to bite in a three-bite straight line, which is often referred to as ‘breakfast, lunch and dinner,’” said Andrew Smith, MD, UC Health allergist and... Read More
With the recent Ohio State University study denouncing the effectiveness of bed bug sprays, it's easy to feel hopeless in the crusade against bed bugs. Research entomologist Jeffrey White offers solutions should you find yourself sleeping with the enemy. You can find the complete list of suggestions here. Use pesticides in crisis mode, but do not rely solely on over-the-counter remedies. Pesticides are a temporary fix, but your goal is to rid your home of bed bugs and keep them... Read More
On June 11, Terminix released its annual “Most Bedbug-Infested Cities” list, with Philadelphia clenching the number one spot on the list (previously held during the past two years by New York City). The list is made up of data collected from the 300 Terminix branches across the U.S. Ohio continues to be a trouble state for bed bugs, with three cities landing in the top 15: Cincinnati (#2), Columbus (#7) and Cleveland (#15). Find out what other cities made the... Read More
The Salvation Army in McKenzie, Virginia is struggling to rid the area of unwanted guests: bed bugs. While the organization’s main location is under renovation, many shelter residents and staff are finding bed bugs in the linens, luggage and even the furniture. The shelter has shelled out thousands of dollars and has used exterminators and bed-bug sniffing dogs to rid the area of the bugs. The Salvation Army team realizes they are not the only ones suffering, but they are... Read More
Due to a large increase in bed bug numbers, Cleveland police will be distributing spray bottles to officers, containing bed bug killer. Cleveland’s Channel 5 reports that the spray kills the bugs on contact and is safe to use. Cleveland was ranked among Rollins Corporation’s (Orkin’s parent company) “Top 50 US Cities for Bed Bugs.” The neighboring Ohio cities that also made the list are Cincinnati (#1), Columbus (#6) and Dayton (#15).
With summer comes exciting things: neighborhood barbeques, summer camps and kids home from college. Many would prefer to catch lightening bugs rather than bed bugs, so check your belongings first to ensure a pest-free summer. The reporters at WPRI in Rhode Island chat about tips for preventing bed bugs this summer: When your kids return from college or sleep-away summer camps, keep all belongings outside and conduct a thorough check before entering the house. Pay close attention to the seams... Read More
Scientists from The Ohio State University conducted a study, published in June's Journal of Economic Entomology, which provides the first scientific evidence that over-the-counter insect products called "bug-bombs" or "foggers" do not control or prevent bed bugs. Three brands of foggers were studied in five bed bug scenarios in the study. Because bed bugs live in the crevices and crannies of furniture, the pesticides will most likely not reach them with enough force to rid the area of the bugs.... Read More
New research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests that bed bugs are attracted to people who have little to no alcohol in their bloodstream. While bed bugs may feast less on those with alcohol in their systems, that doesn't stop them from the ability to produce and lay eggs.