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Friday
Dec232011

Multi-Family Bed Bug Lawsuit

It appears #bedbugs are now becoming a serious issue in the multi-family investment community. According to this Palm Beach Post bed bug article, a group of investors who bought an apartment community where blindsided when 25% of the units were infested with +bedbugs. Apparently, the bedbug issue was never mentioned at the time of purchase. As well, a recorded complaint was never handed over to the prospective buyer while doing their due diligence of the property. Luckily for the purchasers, the deal has not closed and their attorney was able to ask for relief from the sellers. Seeing as the cost to heat treat for bed bugs was $63,000, they are lucky they caught the problem before the deal closed.

From experience, I can tell you that lower end properties are starting to face a real problem with bedbug infestations. As well, I highly doubt that the seller did not know that they had a bed bug problem in the apartment community. We are talking 1 in 4 units infested. More likely, they did not release the information because they did not want to lose the deal and probably could not afford the bed bug heat treatment costs themselves.

Moving forward, I think anyone making an investment in multi-family real estate or hotels should take the extra step of having a certified bed bug dog inspect the property. That way, if an infestation is found, it can be negotiated into the purchase price. A little prevention up front can save you a lot of time and money later.

For more information regarding bed bug detection and eradication, call The Bed Bug Answer at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page for more bed bug details.

John, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist 

Thursday
Dec222011

The Wolfman and Bedbugs.

It appears the Wolfman does not have much to fear from #bedbugs. According to this BBC bed bug article, people with more body hair have a higher level of protection from bedbugs than those with less hair. The hairs apparently act as a defense system and an early warning system to the body when the nerves are activated. It appears this may have been an adaptation of our ancestors to protect themselves from bed bugs. However, the hair was not or is not a body of armor. Bed bugs can still bite you and will always find a way to have their next meal. So next time your wife tells you to shave or cut your hair, tell hair you are protecting yourself from bedbugs.

For more information regarding bed bug detection and eradication, call The Bed Bug Answer at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page for more bed bug details.

John, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist 

Thursday
Dec152011

Flying Bed Bugs

Can #bedbugs fly?

No, they cannot. However, they can hitchhike their way onto an airplane very easily. It appears that this is what happened to a woman who was flying from Atlanta to New York. This consumer website describes the case of a woman who claims she was bitten by bed bugs on her flight. Apparently, after complaining of bites she was moved to a different seat and offered a refund. Without an actual bed bug in hand, there is no way for the flight crew or anyone else for that matter being able to know exactly what happened. It is very possible that if it was bed bugs, the bite reactions could be from the hotel she stayed in the night before.

Having said all that, bed bugs are a traveler’s nightmare. I can also tell you that bed bugs have been found on airplanes and in the seats themselves. Bed bugs are very good at clinging to your clothes and going where you go. Hitchhiking is how they have been able to spread so rapidly these past few years.  So while this particular case may or may not be valid, you do need to be very careful this holiday when you travel. As well, it would not hurt to do a brief inspection of your seat when flying. Don’t let +bed bugs ruin your holidays.

For more information regarding bed bug detection and eradication, call The Bed Bug Answer at 404-665-3985.

John, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

Wednesday
Dec142011

What Does "Bed Bug Pesticide Resistance" Really Mean?

When I first heard the term “resistance” to pesticides, I thought of it as a mild immunity that permitted #bedbugs to live through a chemical application.  I was sort of right and sort of wrong.  Here are the facts…

Resistance in the scientific world means something very specific.  It is the truest definition of the term survival of the fittest.  Resistance is the measurable lessening of the effectiveness of a pesticide as a result of previous exposure of a pest population to that pesticide or related types. The pesticide is the agent of selection in the population.  Resistance develops most frequently and rapidly in insects with high rates of reproduction – like the bed bug.  So resistance is not immunity where there is an internal adaptation by one individual, but the physical selection of the strongest and most adaptable. This has been acutely reflected in the bed bug’s cross-resistance to pyrethroids.  Once they became resistant to DDT, it gave them an ability to resist the pyrethroids available today.

So what should we do today?  Stop spraying bed bugs! We are only creating stronger and more hardy populations.  Heat is the most effective tool in bed bug elimination – and they cannot develop a resistance to it. So stop creating super bugs and start killing them!

May the Heat Be With You!

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

For more information regarding bed bug detection and eradication, call The Bed Bug Answer at 404-665-3985.

 

Content courtesy of Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations, 2010.

Wednesday
Dec072011

Inbreeding Bedbugs

It looks like our friend the #bedbug can add one more thing they are not afraid of; inbreeding. That’s right; bedbugs have no problem with breeding amongst their family and close relatives. According to this bed bug article, a new study done at North Carolina State found that bedbugs in different parts of the country had almost no genetic diversity. Meaning they all came from the same female. Because bedbugs breed exponentially, they can increase their numbers into the tens of thousands in a short period of time.

This may also explain why they have becomes so resistant to today’s most commonly used insecticides. Once developing the resistance, they may be passing down the trait to their offspring. If this is true, then our battle with the bedbug using chemicals is a losing one. That is why you need to be using full room heat to eradicate your bedbug infestation. It is the only proven way to kill all stages of bedbugs on the first try. As the article points out, if you don’t get on the problem early, you may end up losing the battle.

For more information regarding bed bug detection and eradication, call The Bed Bug Answer at 404-665-3985.

John, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

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