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  • Ryan Hejlesen posted an update 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    If you obtain bedbugs, you do not have to telephone a certified pest control organization, but you’d be foolish not to, would be your take away message out of a warning issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) past August. "With the incorrect pesticide or using it erroneously to treat bedbugs can make you, your family, and your pets " the EPA said in a consumer alert quoted from The Hill Healthwatch on the web. "It may make your home dangerous to reside in – and may not address the bedbug problem."

    Alarmed by reports of pesticide misuse and extreme measures being accepted by some homeowners and apartment dwellers in do-it-yourself efforts to eradicate bed bugs, both the U.S. EPA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a joint statement last July warning consumers against using topical pesticide products of their homes in attempts to be rid of bed bugs. The use of harsh chemicals not accepted by the EPA for home use can lead to severe burn-like aggravation of the skin and eyes, potential injury to the central nervous system, and may even expose you to carcinogens.

    There have also been lots of reports of house and flat fires begun by distressed folks with highly flammable fluids to kill bedbugs. In January, a Cincinnati, Ohio man who was simply stripping down his furniture with a blend of insecticide and alcohol started a flame at his apartment when his smoke sparked fumes from the chemical mixture. Back in July 2008, an Eatontown, New Jersey man blew up his flat while attempting do-it-yourself pest control. A pilot light ignited the compound pollutants and spray causing an explosion which blew out front doors of this flat and resulted in a fire that destroyed the man’s flat and caused serious harm to neighboring units.

    "Pest control firms reported seeing many unsuccessful and potentially dangerous measures used by DoItYourselfers, including ammonia, bleach, fire, smoke, kerosene, wasp spray, and insect bombs, in addition to concentrated pesticides bought on the internet," University of Kentucky entomologist and national bedbug expert Michael Potter, writes in Bugs Without Borders, Assessing the Global bed-bug Resurgence, an international survey of pest control organizations recently conducted at the University of Kentucky in conjunction with the NPMA. "As bedbug victims eventually become desperate, acute injury might result from such applications, notably among people who choose to not hire a specialist," he warns.

    Bedbugs don’t necessarily react to home treatment method. These apple seed-sized insects that feed on human blood are difficult to kill, a part of their biology and behavior. In the best, do it yourself home treatments may force bedbugs to relocate, dispersing infestations quicker. These pests have a sturdy, protective carapace that is not readily penetrated. To kill, pest control products must enter into direct physical experience of the insect; and their eggs have been untouched by products currently accepted by the EPA for home usage. When not feeding, bedbugs hide in spaces that are inaccessible deep inside minute cracks, inside walls, behind baseboards, under floorboards, and interior gadgets. Bedbugs along with their eggs can be also easily transported on possessions and clothing, allowing infestations to quickly propagate through a home or apartment construction. This blend of biology and behavior causes it nearly impossible to kill a whole bedbug infestation using a single pest control therapy. Three professional pest control treatments spaced 2 weeks apart are normally needed to successfully remove a bedbug infestation and ensure that all hidden bugs and also newly-hatched eggs have been killed.

    Specialist extermination by a certified
    pest control company having a experience in bed insect removal has become the most effective way to exterminate bed bugs. Even the EPA, to the Bed Bug Information Page posted on its website, states,"Obtaining a pest control professional (PMP) involved whenever you can rather than simply taking the time and energy to use to take care of the situation your self is rather capable of preventing further harm."

    Quick action is essential in combating bed bug infestations. Bed bugs reproduce in an alarming rate and infestations can grow quickly. Throughout its 6- to 12-month life span, a lady bed bug could lay 500 eggs offspring capable of reproducing within a month. It is not uncommon to find three or even more bed bug generations found within an established infestation. Prompt treatment in the earliest phases of infestation may limit the infestation also keeps it from spreading.

    Effective bedbug extermination begins with meticulous pre-treatment preparation to eradicate clutterclothes, clothing, bed sheets and other items that might allow bed-bugs to flee vulnerability to pest control substances. When site prep is done, a combination of pest control substances is utilized to strike bed-bugs on multiple levels.

    Concerns about health and safety problems that have emerged from abuse of pest control compounds by unlicensed or improperly trained pest controllers and unqualified contractors trying to profit on public fear prompted the EPA to warn consumers to prevent insect extermination services made with"unrealistic promises of efficacy or very low price."

    While providing bed pest remedies to 70 apartments and homes units, technicians sprayed powerful chemicals on mattresses and children’s toys. In Cincinnati, Ohio past June, an unlicensed contractor hired to exterminate bed bugs saturated an apartment complex using an agricultural pesticide, sending seven renters into a healthcare facility and causing public health authorities to quarantine the property.

    In the hopes of averting such episodes, the NPMA recently developed Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs (BMP) to function as a guide for both the business and consumers. A list of consumer strategies for selecting a pest pro provided in the BMP urges that consumers hire qualified and accredited pest control firms to protect their health and safety and make certain that the pest control services they receive are safe and effective. The NPMA further urges that consumers provide preferential consideration to pest control firms that have achieved QualityPro certification, suggesting they reveal the very best technical, educational and ethical standards in the business.