Peachtree Pest Contol Based in Norcross, Georgia Sees Significant Upsurge in Bed Bug Infestations -- Re-emergence of Pest in U.S. a Serious Problem

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Nearly eliminated in the early 1980's, these pesky blood suckers are back with a vengeance. DIY remedies are usually not a solution.

Peachtree Pest Control

Bed bug eradication is not a do-it-yourself kind of pest control problem.
- Terry W. Bowen

Business is brisk at Peachtree Pest Control of Norcross, Georgia, a two time Consumers' Choice Award recipient. The culprit behind the business upswing is the lowly bed bug. It's keeping pest control companies, like Peachtree, hopping and clients sleepless.

Once thought eradicated from the U.S., the bed bug has made a comeback right into our homes and public places. A common myth about bed bugs is that their re-emergence was caused by the ban on DDT, a potent pesticide discontinued in the U.S. for environmental reasons. Because the ban was imposed more than 40 years ago, this connection is tenuous at best. The truth resides more with the fact that bed bugs are world-class hitchhikers and today there are simply more travellers providing these unwanted guests easy transit around the globe.

The emerging economies of some third-world countries has allowed the opportunity of more travel abroad, including to the United States. Less developed countries typically do not have high levels of pest management expertise, so bed bugs can be a very common pest in these nations where they are tolerated by many of their citizens. Bed bugs travel on clothes and luggage as well as shipped products, to name but a few of their means of entry. Once established in structures such as lodging facilities and residential structures, they are very difficult to eliminate.

Terry Bowen, a Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) with Peachtree Pest Control headquartered in Norcross, Georgia says that it takes an excellent understanding of the life history and habits of the bed bug in order to best know how to control and eliminate them. Moreover, bed bugs are not limited to residential structures. They have been found in retail shops, movie theatres, buses, trains, airplanes, subways, five-star resorts, homeless shelters, pretty much anywhere people frequent. It is estimated that one out of every five people in the U.S. has either had bed bugs or knows someone who has had bed bugs. Because the structural pest management industry has put more emphasis on targeted pesticide applications instead of the comprehensive pesticide applications that were common for almost 50 years, bed bugs are probably here to stay.

If you suspect you have bed bugs, it is highly recommended that you involve a licensed professional pest management company, such as Peachtree Pest Control, that has experience controlling bed bugs. Taking quick action will prevent the insects from having the opportunity to spread further afield. Your Pest Management Professional will know the signs to look for. They will perform a thorough inspection of the premises and decide on the right combination of both pesticide and non-pesticide treatments to use in your situation.

Treating bed bugs is complex and the use of pesticides can be hazardous when inappropriately applied. All the more reason to choose a professional company when tackling this problem. The Pest Management Association maintains a list of member companies which anyone with internet access can search to find a company in their area. The EPA's Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety also provides useful tips on how to choose a pest control company.

About The Consumers’ Choice Award:
Established in 1987, the Consumers' Choice Award® identifies and promotes businesses that deliver customer service excellence. The Consumers' Choice Award® has retained a leading independent research firm to conduct surveys in U.S. cities; Columbus, Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston. The winners are determined by consumers and not by a panel of judges. The survey covers a broad range of categories of interest to both the public and business communities. Its purpose is to publicly identify those establishments that have been voted by consumers as being their choice for excellence. The Consumers' Choice Award® is a most prestigious tribute to local businesses that serve their communities well. The program is encouraged by all levels of government and by business leaders. Find out more about The Consumers’ Choice Award by visiting

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