Bed Bug Prevention…Doable?
Article provided by Allergy Technologies
The concept of bed bug prevention has been bandied about as a ‘hot topic’ for the last few years at national and regional pest management professional meetings. In contrast to roaches and termites and the respective advent of baits targeting these pests, bed bugs remain an elusive and insidious pest. To date, many characterize bed bugs as somewhat more than simply a nuisance but just shy of a public health concern. The impact bed bugs can have on the: ‘psyche’ of your customer; brand, reputational and operational cost to your hotelier client; disruption and mental trauma to college and dormitory- living students; sometimes fragile mindset and ‘quality of life’ of seniors in assisted living facilities and, overall living conditions in lower income housing is enormous. Nonetheless, we continue to strive toward bed bug prevention. In its truest sense, a futile attempt given the bug’s propensity for hitchhiking, protracted ability to sustain lengthy periods of time without a bloodmeal, and increasing emergence of resistance to standard chemical remediative approaches. Heat provides as an effective treatment option, though somewhat limited in environments with high reintroduction pressure as it offers no residual protection.Read Article
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