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Bed Bug Epidemic and Upcoming School Breaks Could Wreak Havoc on Homeowners
Date:8/13/2009

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- While parents may be busy preparing their children for departure for school, it is just as important that parents take important steps to prevent their children from bringing bed bugs home from college and their travels. Bell Environmental Services, a full-service pest management company located in the New York Metropolitan area, has seen a significant increase in bed bug infestations in the last six months in dormitories and student housing in the tri-state area.

With the upcoming fall school break calendar - Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Fall Break and Thanksgiving - Bell cautions all homeowners to be prepared when students return home with their luggage, electronics and belongings. Families must be vigilant to prevent bed bugs from entering and may consider an inspection from a highly trained canine detection team. Certified canine teams can pinpoint the location of bed bugs before these pests launch a multi-room invasion that becomes disruptive to the entire household.

Because many students have spent their summers in locations with a prevalence of bed bugs, the close proximity of student living quarters, and the fact that students spend a lot of time in each others' rooms, bed bugs may find their way into other students' rooms and belongings.

"Bed bugs are known hitchhikers and it is possible that students will bring them home in their belongings when they leave for break," said Jennifer Erdogan, manager, Bed Bug Division, Bell Environmental. "If parents don't take measures to prevent bed bugs from entering their house or detect them early, these bugs can quickly reach alarming levels and infest many areas of the home."

Virtually non-existent in the U.S. from the 1950s through the late 1990s, the bed bug population has rebounded dramatically over the last several years, and infestations have
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