Education is the key to prevention; visit our FAQ to find out more. Remember that knowing is half the battle.
“The bed bug problem is expected to worsen. A recent Ohio State University Study found that the bug’s numbers in North America have increased as much as 500 per cent in the past decade, costing businesses and homeowners billions of dollars annually to deal with the outbreaks.”
Bed bugs have made a comeback in a huge way, and researchers are finally understanding some of the causes. Militerriers can help search out the little critters, but it’s important to understand why people in Southwest Ohio are having so many problems.
“During the past decade or so, the resurgence of [bed bugs] has been recorded across the globe including North America, Europe, Australia, and Eastern Asia with an estimated 100 percent to 500 percent annual increase in bed bug populations,” the researches continue.
The bed bug revival has been blamed on many factors, including frequent international travel, the increased exchange of used furniture, and the insect’s resistance to insecticides.
Hotels are far from immune from the bed bug invasion. The famed Waldorf-Astoria in New York recently faced a third bed bug lawsuit. Travelers are encouraged to check hotel rooms for the tiny, rust-colored insects in mattresses and cracks.
The bugs are extremely resilient, and can live for a year without feeding. Bites from the blood-sucking insects cause itching but do not transmit serious diseases.
People are finding bed bugs in strange places. People across the region are reporting finding the bugs in places that aren’t normally infested, so general anxiety about the pests have increased.
Hodgson, of Cuyahoga Falls-based Rose Pest Solutions, confirmed exterminators are responding to more reports of bedbug infestations in Stark County and across Ohio.
“It’s beginning to ramp up here. It started in Cincinnati and Columbus and now it’s coming up here,” Hodgson said. “… We haven’t seen the peak yet.”
Hodgson spoke Wednesday at an educational seminar presented by the Stark County Bed Bug Prevention Task Force at the Massillon Knights of Columbus. The task force has staff members from all four of the county’s health departments.
The reddish-brown, appleseed-sized insects, which had been on the decline for years, are making a strong comeback and Ohio is among the top states for reported infestations.
Bed bugs are not easy to get rid of, and the cause of infestation is not always what people think it would be. Sometimes exterminators are called in unnecessarily, and time and money is wasted.
In addition to waging a physical fight, officials also say they are battling an emotional stigma attached to the insects.
“They’re getting at you when you are the most vulnerable (sleeping). I’ve had people tell me they’d rather be bitten by a mosquito,” Hodgson said.
Recently, Rose Pest Solutions was asked to inspect a multimillion-dollar Lear jet because the owner wanted peace of mind. No bugs were found.
“I think it’s going to get to the point where hotels are going to have to put up signs stating they do routine inspections,” Hodgson said.
Residents may be hesitant to report infestation because they associate the bugs with unsanitary living conditions.
But nothing could be further from the truth, according to Hodgson.
“The problem is going to be anywhere people gather,” he said.
Clutter, not unclean conditions, is a breeding ground for bed bugs, Monachino said. The insects can be found in the cracks and crevices of mattresses, box springs, linens, quilts, night stands and furniture, Hodgson said.
If you suspect bed bugs in your home and need to know if you should call the exterminator, you have sniffed out the right site.
Bandit is trained to find bed bugs in all kinds of environments. Militerriers is a veteran-owned business that is highly-trained and can be relied upon to conduct pest searches in federal buildings, hotels, apartment complexes, nursing homes, theaters, hospitals and residences.