The volume of calls we're receiving about bedbug infestations is significantly higher than it was this time last year. And we don't see it diminishing any time soon.
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Elmhurst, Illinois (PRWEB) February 26, 2009
Anderson Pest Solutions, the largest family owned pest solutions company in the Midwest, reports that service calls they are receiving about bedbugs are on the rise, and that home owners, hotel, and property managers should take precautions to prevent these pests from becoming a problem in their homes and businesses.
According to entomologist Tom Dobrinska, Technical and Training Director of Anderson Pest Solutions, "The volume of calls we're receiving about bedbug infestations is significantly higher than it was this time last year. And we don't see it diminishing any time soon."
Bedbugs are small, flat insects, usually reddish-brown and up to ¼-inch long. Bedbugs do not fly or hop, but can move quickly across floors and walls. Bedbugs most commonly enter hotels or residences by "hitch-hiking" on a suitcase or backpack, used furniture or other objects moved from one building to another. Bedbugs can survive several months without feeding.
According to a recent report released by the Illinois Department of Public Health, there are two major reasons for the sudden increase in bedbugs; increased world travel and the current use of less effective insecticides. Dobrinska added, "In years past, the solution to a bedbug problem was to spray DDT and other classes of pesticides which were very effective and very long lasting. DDT was banned in 1972 for environmental reasons and several classes of similar pesticides have also been completely eliminated. The chemical class of insecticide now available for use is much safer for humans and pets but may not be as effective against bedbugs as some of the products previously available."
Although bedbugs are not known to transmit disease, their bites can cause an intense itch and scratching which can produce secondary infections. Bedbugs may be brought into even the best hotels and clean homes because all they need to survive is a place to hide and a host to supply their only food - blood. New infestations may go undetected when only a few bedbugs are present, allowing the infestation to grow and spread. Signs of infestation include spots of blood left on bed sheets and bedbug "shells", the exoskeletons shed by the bugs.
"There are a few things you can do to prevent bedbugs from becoming a problem," says Dobrinska . "Keep your beds a few inches away from walls, furniture and curtains and keep the floor under the beds free from clutter. You can wrap duct tape with the sticky side out around the legs of the beds to prevent the bugs from climbing up. Use fitted sheets and change sheets and pillow cases frequently. Inspect all used furniture before you bring it into your house, and definitely do not scavenge furniture you find left on the streets or alleys."
When it's too late for prevention, you need to move on to removal -- fast. "If you think there's an infestation, you need to deal with it right away," according to Dobrinska , "Because the problem multiplies quickly. Vacuum all the infested areas, dispose of the contents safely, remove all bedding materials and wash everything in hot water. Throw away anything that can't be treated. And you should call a pest management professional to apply pesticides as soon as possible. Proper treatment requires experience and special application equipment. Though our pesticides are not as powerful as they once were, used correctly in conjunction with thoroughly cleaning the infested area, they will solve the problem. And after initial application, we walk a customer through the steps necessary to make sure the bugs don't come back."
About Anderson Pest Solutions
Anderson is the largest family owned pest solutions company in the Midwest, ranked 33rd largest in the nation in 2008 by Pest Control Technology magazine. Since 1913, Anderson's only business has been providing solutions for pest issues for residences and commercial properties in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Anderson service is backed by one of the strongest customer satisfaction guarantees in the industry.
For more information, visit http://www.andersonpestsolutions.com, call toll free 866.696.BUGS, or write the company at, Anderson Pest Solutions, 501 West Lake St., Suite 204, Elmhurst, IL 60126.