Children have been told countless times, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” It is an enduring term that passes from generation to generation. Yet what happens when it isn’t true? “Sleep tight; the bed bugs may bite” just doesn’t carry the same soothing tone. Yet people throughout the United States, particularly in New Jersey, contend with this reality far too often, according to Dr. Changlu Wang and his research team at Rutgers University.
After inspecting more than 2,300 low-income apartments in Bayonne, Hackensack, Irvington, and Paterson, researchers concluded that one in eight low-income apartments had bedbugs. Surprisingly, half of the residents didn’t even realize they had an infestation. Among the buildings examined, infestation rates wavered between 3.8 to 29.5 percent, with an average rate of 12.3 percent.
Yet the problem isn’t religated to apartment complexes. In recent months, bedbugs have been found in the upholstery at the South Orange library, leading to the library’s closure. They have been discovered in hotels, motels and homes as well.
Why the rise in bedbugs
Though bedbugs were nearly non-existent in the United States up until several years ago, the pests have become resistent to pestisides, thereby causing an insurgence. With the popularity of international travel, the critters are catching a ride into the country as well. Mistakenly, many people view bedbug treatment as a costly and time consuming endeavor. As a result, they avoid pest control, often either trying to ignore the problem or moving out of the location.
How to get rid of bedbugs
Pest control company
The most effective means of getting rid of the creatures is to call a company well-versed in pest control. Technicians are experienced and specially trained to eradicate the problem. Bedbugs are resistant to commercial bombs and sprays. Moreover, most of the chemicals available to consumers at hardware stores is used incorrectly, thereby driving the pests (temporarily) to an adjacent location, only to see them reappear shortly after.
Bed bugs survive by eating blood, so it’s useful to look under mattresses and inside the box springs to find evidence of the pests. If you’re unable to find where they are hiding, it can be effective to set pitfall traps. Traps can be found at hardware stores and prevent bugs from climbing up the legs of the bed. Another option is to use dry ice to lure the bedbugs out from hiding.
Clean and clean again
Bed bugs are narrow and like to hide in small cracks and crevices. It’s important to keep your house as clean as possible, including steam cleaning and emptying vacuums after every use.
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