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Bed Bug Infestation an Epidemic; Bugs Found in Cell Phone, TVs and Keyboards
Date:4/15/2009

reports of infestations regularly making headlines) continues to fascinate Deutsch. "Ignorance really is bliss because many people haven't taken the time to get educated about them," he explains. "Some don't even believe they exist and are astounded when our technicians explain what has been biting them." Despite the stigma associated with the pests, bed bugs don't adhere to specific socioeconomic demographics. Says Deutsch, "Five million dollar homes on the north shore of Long Island to homeless shelters in New York City are experiencing problems."

According to Deutsch, proactive measures to prevent infestation are limited but absolutely necessary. His advice: Don't buy any used furniture and that includes items that aren't upholstered. Bed bugs can inhabit cracks and joints in furniture. And, take the proper precautionary measures immediately upon returning from travel. Go directly to the garage with a robe and a plastic garbage bag. Undress and put everything that can be laundered into the bag. Put items that can't be laundered (such as sneakers) into the dryer on the highest heat setting for 30 minutes to kill any bugs. Examine all bags and luggage for evidence of bed bugs. Look for live bugs, blood stains, fecal smears and dead bugs caught in zippers.

"The infestation problem is only going to get worse in the immediate future," says Deutsch. "The public needs to accept this fact, get educated and take what preventive measures they can, especially since bed bug populations are extremely difficult to detect when their populations are at a low level within the home. People don't realize there is a problem until they are getting bitten."

About Michael A. Deutsch M.S., BCE

Mike Deutsch, technical director for Arrow Exterminating Company, Inc., is a Board Certified Entomologist with 30 years experience in the field of Urban Entomology and Public Health. Mike is a registered instructo
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