Bed Bug Task Force Meeting Tomorrow

I have to say, I’m excited! It’s been 9 months since we last met due to scheduling snafus, and I know a lot has changed with local public housing agencies, for the better. In fact I know a gentleman who is currently dealing with bed bugs in his subsidized home. He thinks he got them from a bed and mattress he was given from a local donation center, however, there are many units in his high-rise with bed bugs so they could have migrated, right?

I think it’s important to consider where they may have come from, but not to obsess about it. Better to obsess about how to get rid of them. Anyway, he reported it, later than he should have, but you know how it goes. He was given an inspection, treatment and follow-up treatment. In addition he was given no-pest strips and garbage bags to disinfect his possessions.

and now the rub….it’s up to the tenant to treat his possessions, and ensure he is taking proper precautions during and after treatment. And of course it has to be this way, each involved party; the tenant, and the landlord/manager must act quickly, knowledgeably and consistently until the bed bugs have been eradicated.

What if everyone isolated their bed before they have bed bugs?

I’ve been giving this some thought for a while. It’s a preemptive idea. Are there steps you can take if you don’t have bed bugs, that would stop an infestation before it got started if a bed bug enters your home.

Among pest control people there are different opinions about isolating your bed during your infestation. But let’s look at this from a different point of view. What if (a BIG what-if, I know, but hypothetically, go with me) every bed was isolated from the wall and legs are in ClimbUp Monitors (yes, I’m an affiliate, but still). Then let’s just say a bed bug finds its way into your home and bedroom. That one singular bed bug would not be able to feed on you in bed, making its life much more complicated. Now it has to find you on the sofa or a chair, but it also has to survive long enough to do so. It’s chances for survival (if you employ a couple of tricks like doing the soap/DE/Alcohol mix under an area rug, where they would love to hide) go way down, and if it comes in contact with the DE mix, it’s going to die in about 10 days.

The DE mix came from a blog and I used this after my residuals wore off (about a year and a half now) around my baseboards and under my area rug. The soap (just dish soap) makes the DE stick as it’s in a spray bottle of soap and alcohol. It doesn’t fluff up under my carpet and I only applied it to the carpet binding around the entire base of the carpet. Carpet tape? Not sure what you call it. But any bug that decides under the carpet is a nice place to hide is going to make contact with that dried mixture. Let me say once again – DO NOT PUT DE ON FURNITURE/SOFAS/CHAIRS/OR YOUR BED. You do not want to inhale it.

If you have the legs of your bed in ClimbUp Monitors you now have an early warning system. Any bed bug in your house will try to get into your bed. 100% they are going to try because that’s what they do. They eat and reproduce, and with the ClimbUp they would get stuck in the cup portion and would be unable to escape. Now you have two protective measures to keep bed bugs from getting to you if one gets in your home.

What do you think?

Pest management companies report a 71% increase in bed bug calls since 2001

Bed bug infestations are on the rise across North America, notably metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada. 3AK6ANJQAHAQ

According to industry research, pest management companies report a 71% increase in bed bug calls since 2001 and annual sales from this pest have increased by more than 30% in 2008 over the year prior. Further, the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a National Bed Bug Summit in April 2009 in Washington, D.C. to discuss the burgeoning issues associated with bed bug infestations for homeowners as well as for hotels, college dormitories, multifamily housing and more.