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I know this is correct , cause just week I read a report published by Abraham Lincoln on why he didn’t trust the internet. I think all of us play a hand in what is and isn’t truthful on the internet and I get called weekly where someone says I read the internet and blah, blah blah. I had a customer a year or so ago, tell me emphatically that Bed Bugs can jump out of a dumpsters. The only way that Bed Bug is getting out of that dumpster is if someone jumps in there and removes something. By the way that dumpster was in the direct sunlight and in the middle of the summer it would probably die within hours from our heat.
One more thing that just gets me, is when we jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. Remember that honeybee thing a year ago, was it cell towers or was it pesticides, or was it global warming? Well no one knew for sure but everyone with their own agendas were posting the blame everywhere. If the bee issue is caused by something, then we need to investigate quickly and stop the problem. I believe the E.U. stopped the use of neonicotinoids before all the data was in, but anyway I ran across an excellent article from Alan Caruba “Another Environmental Lie Exposed: Bees are thriving.”
What do pesticides do? They protect us against trillions of insect and rodent pests that spread diseases while some represent millions in property damage—termites—every year.
So here is what I suggest, lets get the facts before we run off to damage an industry that contributes to Public Health and the betterment of our lives. Remember that mosquitoes continue to kill over a million people each year and rodents contaminate and damage grains and food.
Bed Bugs are continuing their rise to a real pest in the U.S. and according to Orkin it doesn’t look like they are slowing down. Orkin has been keeping track of bed bugs calls within their company and provide data to keep officials and the public informed. “Chicago tops bed bug cities list for second year in a row“.
Phoenix is up seven from 35 to 28, so here are a few tips from me to keep you informed as well.
- Just be aware of the issue, don’t panic. Many people are bitten by various bugs like mites, mosquitoes and think they have bed bugs. If you are being bitten isolate the area (by that I mean the area in the home) see what you can see. Check beds for fecal spotting (when bed bugs bite they eject old blood feces etc), if you see something moving catch it and keep it handy for an expert.
- If you travel take precautions, I hand my clothes from the shower rod and put my luggage on the bathroom vanity and that is where it stays. Check the bed and close furniture and if you see something inform management and move to another room.
- Remember bed bugs just don’t hang out on beds.
- When returning home, unpack in garage or outside and check luggage. Wash everything and high heat, wrap luggage in black garbage bag and if you’re AZ put it in sun especially during summer 113 – 120 degrees in ideal to bake them.
- Keep an eye out if you have guests or frequent visitors, they can travel in backpacks.
- I’ll repeat “Don’t Panic!” call a Pest Management Professional, as I think this is not a “Do It Yourself” (DIY) program.
“Entomologists study ways to kill urban pests“ Why is this important, I’ll point out some remarks made in this story. Please read the story lots of great information.
- “There is definitely an economic impact to bed bug infestation,” Romero said.
- Psychological effects are often underestimated. Romero said having bed bugs can cause sleeplessness and anxiety.
- There is concern over chemicals in insecticides that could be harmful to humans, but Romero said they must be used properly and according to procedures.
Here are some factors that I see and read daily.
- Hanta Virus (weekly reports)
- Bubonic Plague
- WNV (West Nile Virus) from mosquitoes also Malaria or Dengue Fever from around the world
- Africanized Bees
- Ticks (Lyme Disease)
- Assassin bugs (Chagas Disease)
So as we continue the fight against those bugs/insects/pests that can kill us if not kept in check, new manufacturing continues to create new molecules to destroy those killers. What can you do?
- Check your home monthly.
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed and away from your house.
- Repair screens and keep doors closed.
- When traveling – keep an eye out for various bugs like Bed Bugs.
- If you encounter a pest, do some investigation and have it checked – don’t panic.