Thursday, September 16, 2010

Living With Bed Bugs

Are we at the point of defeat in this battle of the bed bug? Can we as Americans say that? It looks like these days we are at the very least, challenged. With the fact that bed bugs are resistant to the chemicals out there to kill them, and the fact that the EPA is not being very cooperative to let some old chemicals that may work better come back into production, it looks like we may have to learn to live with a control bed bugs rather than eliminate them. Of course there are other treatments like thermal remediation or heat treatments for bed bugs and fumigation, these procedures are often very expensive and out of reach for the common American. Even companies and colleges want to be cost conscience and limit the higher cost treatments, opting for the traditional controls. The reason for this is because you have to have a 3-D approach to treating these kinds of units. You need to treat the adjacent dorm rooms, above, below, and side to side. The cost to heat treat potentially 5 dorm rooms can be upwards of seven thousand dollars, which can make the elimination of bed bugs cost prohibitive. This is why it is important to monitor and try to catch a bed bug infestation early because the earlier the bed bug is found the easier it is to get rid of them. As much as I hate to say it, until we find a "silver bullet" to kill these bugs, we may have to learn to live with them.

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