Why are they back? Why now? Massive resurgence in last 10-15 yrs. –Changes in other pest management practices, cockroaches, ants… –Lack of everyday knowledge and experience of dealing with bed bugs –Travel? We’ve always traveled..although there are routes of transmission here. –Used furniture, reconditioned mattresses –Lack of government involvement
Health effects of bed bugs Bed bugs do not vector disease organisms. They may carry hepatitis B in their gut but no transmission known. What bacteria do they carry on their bodies? Secondary infection – cellulitis resulting from bed bug bites – has been documented.
Health effects of bed bugs Cause anemia in severe cases. Bites on skin are unpleasant, may scar, and can rarely result in systemic allergic reactions. Cause stress, anxiety, sleeplessness (10-20% of fatal accidents from fatigue) Large economic cost to sufferers, which exacerbates emotional issues.
Fear and anxiety The only way for a bed bug sufferer to know whether their infestation is eliminated is to WAIT to be bitten again. Anticipation of being bitten again causes anxiety and stress, and even the delusion that every itch is a bed bug bite. This may trigger delusory parasitosis and other psychological issues.
Methods of bed bug introduction Passive Bed bug is introduced from another infested location, but not by its own locomotion Furniture Mattress Guests Employees Travel bags Active Bed bug migrates by walking from an infested area. From one room to another From one apartment to another via pipes, telephone or cable wires. Down a hallway after dropping off an item being discarded.
Things that don’t work: Bed legs in kerosene or gasoline; Thyme oil; Abandoning the home for a period of time; Turning up the heat; Sleeping with lights on; Sleeping in a different room; Buying a new mattress; Wrapping items in plastic and placing in the sun; Pesticides, alone, often do not work.