The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) consider bed bugs a public health pest as they are known to spread disease. In North America, bed bug sightings are on the rise. Many experts believe this is due to more travel and lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, as well as ineffective pest control practices.
In many cities, including Detroit, bed bugs are becoming commonplace. This results in thousands of dollars in lost revenue for business owners, frustrated homeowners, and an increase in the resistance of bed bugs to pesticides. In contrast, the good news is that there are ways to control bed bugs.
Tips for Preventing Bed Bugs
1. Clean Up the Clutter – A cluttered home provides great hiding places for bed bugs so locating them is difficult.
2. Wash Bedding & Clothing Regularly – This reduces the number of bed bugs and laundry hampers and containers are a common hiding place for eggs.
3. When Traveling, Check the Room – Before heading to the minibar or pool, check your hotel room for signs of bed bugs before unpacking. Check the bed and areas surrounding the bed including picture frames, phone and alarm clock. Studies have shown that most bed bugs are found within 15 feet of the bed.
Bed bug treatment options can vary widely and can include conventional pesticides, steam, cryogenics (freezing) and heat remediation. Although Griffin Pest Solutions does offer conventional pesticide treatment for bed bugs, our most effective and popular elimination method is the use of heat.
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