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Pest Control Professionals See Summer Spike in Bed Bug Calls
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) today released the findings of its 2018 Bugs Without Borders research, which surveys pest control professionals on the prevalence of bed bugs here in the U.S. The survey reports that 97 percent of pest professionals treated for bed bugs in the past year and more than half say summer is the busiest time of year. The results also reveal just how frequently bed bugs are confused with other pests. In fact, 84 percent of pest control professionals reported being contacted to treat another type of problem only to discover bed bugs present instead. The most common doppelganger? Fleas, as 71 percent of respondents reported being contacted to treat a suspected flea problem when in reality the customer had bed bugs.

When traveling, pack a small flashlight and thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard, under lights, and inside dressers, sofas and chairs. Pull back the sheets and inspect mattress seams and box springs, particularly at the corners for signs of bed bugs. Avoid placing luggage on upholstered surfaces or luggage racks with hollow legs where bed bugs may hide unseen. When arriving home from a trip, vacuum luggage thoroughly before storing it. Consider using a garment hand steamer, which can kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have traveled home. Wash and dry all clothes – even those that have not been worn – on hot cycles.

The majority of pest professionals agree that this bloodsucking pest is the number one most difficult pest to control. If an infestation is suspected, the NPMA recommends contacting a licensed pest professional, as bed bugs cannot be effectively treated with do-it-yourself measures. 

Source: http://www.scnow.com/news/business/wire/article_5ae80a48-8df4-5df6-bfe5-b955da93027d.html

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