Increase in Bedbug Infestations is a Boon To the Pest Control Business

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The recent increase in bedbug infestations has become a nationwide problem for travelers, and a boon to the pest control industry.

Steve Free, CEO of The Bug Stops Here, Inc. started noticing an increase in bedbug reports about 5 years ago. Since that time, the issue has has become both a plague to the travel industry and a blessing to the pest control business.

With over 20 years of experience in pest control, Mr. Free has seen his share of insect invaders, but bedbugs are an issue that is starting to become the center of his attention. "Roughly, 5 or 6 years ago an increase of bedbugs started.  Mainly in Sober homes," says Mr. Free.

Tiny, nocturnal parasites, often difficult to see at first glance, bedbugs can be found just about anywhere people lay their heads. "Bedbugs, do not have any preference as to where they will live.  They will live in fancy and not so fancy hotels.  Homes that are million dollar homes or trailers."

Mr. Free wants people to know that bedbugs do not discriminate. "One of my clients, a well to do family, went on vacation to Egypt, and brought them back to the home from Egypt, which was not exactly the souvenir they'd wanted! Another family went camping and brought them home from bunk beds.  Some of our clients have even gotten new mattress deliveries with bed bugs included- at no extra charge, we hope!"

Very difficult to eliminate, Mr. Free recommends getting professional help should you find yourself facing a bedbug epidemic in your home. "Do not try to eliminate yourself.  Most over the counter products Most over the counter include Pyrethrins that repel, sending them from one room to another, so now you have bed bugs in several rooms." Mr. Free goes on to warn clients about the many places the bugs can hide. "They can nest in slippers, clocks, radios, tables, cell phones it is very hard to find all spots.  They can also hibernate like a bear and pop up again months later."

For additional information about bedbugs, and other pest control issues, please contact Steve Free at The Bug Stops Here.

Steve Free, President
631.474.1114 FAX

Ron Gold, President
Marketing Works
631 444 0176

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