Navigation Links
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 now been reported in all 50 states and in a wide variety of settings.

Bell is currently handling an infestation in a Bergen County home that was infested after the homeowner said her son came home from college this past spring. To date, the homeowner has had to pack 150 bags of the home's belongings and Bell's scent hound was called out to inspect the entire house. Several of Bell's Instant Freeze procedures - a non-toxic dry ice procedure that kills the bed bugs on contact - have been employed. "This family's life has been turned upside down this summer," said Erdogan.

Early detection is the best and most effective solution to the bed bug problem because it is easier to handle a bed bug infestation in its early stages before the insects reproduce and hatch more eggs.

Bell Environmental offers these tips: perform a visual inspection of your child's belongings for signs of bed bug activity; place clothes and laundry in sealed plastic bags before bringing them inside your home; put clothes (including the ones the student is wearing) directly in the dryer on high heat for 15-20 minutes (a dryer is preferred over a regular wash cycle to kill beg bugs); and lastly, call for a bed bug inspection. Bell's certified K-9 bed bug detection teams can pinpoint bed bugs with 98% accuracy in your home.

"If parents suspect that bed bugs are present in their home, Bell recommends a dog inspection right away. Early detection can make eradication more manageable and less disruptive to a family," said Erdogan.

Bell Environmental Services, established in 1963, is located at 229 New Road, Parsippany, N.J., 07054 and can be reached toll-free at 877.662.9991. For more information, visit www.bellbedbugs.com.

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.

Jennifer Erdogan

https://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=87300

    CONTACT:  Liz Wellinghorst
              O: 201.444.4745; C: 201.755.6670
              LizWComm@aol.com
              www.wcomm-pr.com


'/>"/>
SOURCE Bell Environmental Services
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. YMCA of the USA Announces 16 Communities Selected for Statewide Policy Change Initiative to Reverse the Childhood Obesity Epidemic
2. Pitt receives $13.4 million NIH grant to create virtual models for epidemics
3. Brazil proves developing countries can use generic medicines to fight HIV/AIDS epidemic
4. New Report Finds Obesity Epidemic Increases, Mississippi Weighs in as Heaviest State
5. New Study Says Purported Melanoma Epidemic is Vastly Overstated
6. AIDS is DCs Katrina Ad Challenges Obama to Act on U.S. Epidemic
7. Computer modeling shows strategies to rein in epidemics need to be retooled for rural populations
8. Strategies to Rein in Epidemics Need to be Retooled for Rural Populations, Say K-State Engineers Using Computers to Model Disease Outbreaks in Rural Areas
9. Leading NGOs call for international action to combat epidemic of noncommunicable diseases
10. New Clinical Recommendations for Treating Americas Largest Healthcare Epidemic
11. Enwisen™ Creates Emergency Notification Center for Customer Twentieth Century Fox – Response to Possibility of Swine Flu Epidemic
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... PurhealthRX ... CBD Oil utilizing Purzorb™ technology. Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD oil will ... and providing a CBD form that can be easily incorporated into liquid products, while ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , which ... evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster drill on October 3rd. , ... and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long Term Care ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, brought ... gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The event ... audience of over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click here ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Talented host, actor Rob Lowe, is introducing a ... episode of "Success Files," which is an award-winning educational program broadcasted on PBS ... in-depth with passion and integrity. , Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve in ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: ... “America On The Brink” is the creation of published author, William Nowers. ... As a WWII veteran, he spent thirty years in the Navy. Following ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... , Oct. 4, 2017  According to the Centers for Disease ... end of October . PhysicianOne Urgent Care is helping communities across ... Westchester, NY , by offering no-cost* flu shots through the end ... mandated by certain health insurance regulations. ... The best time to get a flu shot is by the end ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: ... Consulting, LLC , and named its founder as Diplomat,s ... Tennessee , will operate under Diplomat ... service offerings for health care partners to include IT ... "In an interoperable world, technology delivers comprehensive ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... , Oct. 2, 2017  AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, ... formed by Walgreens and pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics ... new brand, which included the unveiling of new signage ... , as well as at a few other company-owned ... new brand to patients, some of whom will begin ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: