Bed Bug Task Force
I bet your Christmas list doesn’t include “bed bugs” on it, but unfortunately, you may not have a choice because more and more bed bugs are hitching rides home with people.
Bed bugs are little insects that feed off of the blood of humans. Although most commonly associated with hotels, they can be found anywhere, not just in your bed.
More than 140 landlords attended the first meeting of a bed bug task force. Out of the 140, only five said they’ve never had a problem with bed bugs.
What’s that say about the rest of them? One pest control company, Adams Pest Control, has bed bug complaints that have risen 25 percent within the last year.
A woman named Debbie Amrani has been getting bitten by bed bugs ever since she returned home from Miami, where she believes the bed bugs accompanied her home.
She’s spent 2,300 on a new method developed in the Twin Cities to get rid of bed bugs. This cost doesn’t include replacing the bed sets in her home. A quote from the Amrani article states:
I’m emotionally scarred, they can live for a year without feeding, so I still haven’t gone out and bought a mattress and box spring.
Stacy O’Reilly, the president of Plunkett’s Pest Control, which her grandfather started, says that 100 years ago, bed bugs were so common people would put the foot of their bed in a can of kerosene to keep the pests from climbing onto the bed.
When her father took over the business, they began using DDT to eliminate bed bugs which worked very well, but it was also killing eagles and other victims, so it was banned, and the bed bugs came back.