The most obvious factor when attempting to keep track of Bed Bug infestations in apartment and condo units is that Bed Bugs quite simply traverse from one unit to another. Bed Bugs are aware of our natural heat, CO2, not forgetting pheromones given off by people. Once a colony has found a point when it no longer has a food source that can keep it alive, break away bugs move on to the next unit by way of the walls and unsealed bottom plates,to the promise of sources of food in the adjacent unit.
Many families try unworkable home remedies for Bed Bugs or more troublesome measures– such as throwing out their Bed Bug-infested mattresses and bedding, and usually ripping out carpet and replacing furniture to rid Bed Bugs from their home! While this course of action seem to be understandable ways of behaving this isn’t an advised to go into the walls, under the baseboards or any other suitable place. If the sufferer is able to slide a credit card into a tiny space, a Bed Bug is likely to find a home and nice spot to breed. Often pest control routines attack Bed Bugs in a similar manner to that which they treat roaches – spray in the area of the baseboards. This will not be successful as a Bed Bug’s natural genetic instinct is entirely different from that of a roach!
Many victims of bed bug infestation have said they’ve actually been turned away by pest control contractors because they don’t have an efficient treatment for Bed Bugs! Can you understand where you infested these Bed Bugs originally? In most cases from a visit at a Guest House or Hotel while not at home and you carried them back in your clothing and luggage. It’s not very likely the problem is via a visitor at your place of living or second-hand furnishing.
A Message to Parents, College Students, and College educators:
Being in college gives a young person the opportunity to experience many new exciting things. From building a foundation for a successful career to meeting life-long friends, college offers many ways to expand a young person’s horizon. However, not everything is so perfect with the college life. Do you remember that nasty old couch that your grandmother gave you for your first apartment? You know the one that your friend slept on every weekend until the day you all graduated? How about that recliner that you picked up for $20 at your neighbor’s garage sale? Well, nowadays these items are contributing to the rising Bed Bug epidemic sweeping mulit-person dwellings such as college apartments and dorm rooms. Due to their small size, overabundance of people, clutter, and often used furniture, dorm rooms are especially ideal breeding grounds for Bed Bugs. In fact, there have been reports popping up everywhere of costly Bed Bug incidents such as:
- Ohio State University has had a multitude of Bed Bug troubles over the past 15 months, spokeswoman Ruth Gerstner says, including an outbreak in May 2007 in three rooms of a high-rise dorm. Workers had to treat 114 rooms.
- With their large number of dorm rooms and apartments, University of Florida has had several severe infestations within the past year as well.
- Texas A&M has spent over $37,000 this past year in treatment
- Not surprisingly, Columbia University in New York, the Bed Bug Capital of the US, has also had Bed Bug problems recently.
I’ll say it once, and I’ll say it again. The only way to make this problem better before it gets worse is an integrated program in which students are properly educated on the dangers of Bed Bugs and take the necessary prevention measures. Proper Bed Bug deterrence such as using DE-Stroy Eco Dust with the combination of a Paravinyl encasements on the mattress and box spring can go a long way. And one more thing college kids, I know it’s tempting, but STAY AWAY FROM that wonderful hand-me down furniture….