Bed Bugs: Are They Back?

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This just in from the Daily News: a most troubling report suggests that the early onset of warm weather could prompt swarms of stink bugs -- and other creepy crawlies -- to invade America! (Invade!)

Of course, Runnin' Scared wondered: What about bed bugs?

Indeed, past reports on bed bugs kinda makes the meteorology-infestation link. Also out today was info about bed bugs at an upstate children's hospital.

But it might not be necessary to worry about these wily arthropods quite yet.

Jeffrey White, a research entomologist at BedBug Central, tells Runnin' Scared that weather-related worry would be rooted in speculation.

For some seasonal bugs, such as termites, warmer temps could "absolutely" make them come out early. Whether their presence will be more intense for the whole season, though, is unclear.

What White has found with bed bugs, however, suggests that they have not become more problematic. He called various pest control agencies in the Northeast and asked them to compare the number of bed bug complaints in winter 2011 and 2012. The result?

"Most were still around the same point where they were last winter," he says.

So yes: We might not have to do battle with bed bugs this spring. Which means we can save our fightin' energy for summer -- when all pests come out of their filthy, diseased lairs.

"July, August, and September are typically the worst three months," he says.

Runnin' Scared also reached out to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. We'll update when we hear back. But you can always check out this nifty web guide to learn more about the pests.

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.


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Maura Lateri
Maura Lateri

Stink bugs could make a big return this spring just like bed bugs. Check this 60 second video out for an easy solution for stink bugs in your home... http://youtu.be/WySi5o2dWVI

guest
guest

  diatomaceous earth works great and it's non toxic.

Dahai Dong
Dahai Dong

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Guest
Guest

Some simple techniques to slow down an infestation until you can hire a bed bug specific exterminator.

Bovine500
Bovine500

The relationship between hot weather and the hatching of bed bug eggs should be taken seriously.  In 2010, a heat wave in San Francisco resulted in infestations showing up in some hotels and motels where the insects hadn't been noticed before.  Apparently, they had been there for a while, but the heat had caused so many eggs to mature so fast the bugs seemed to turn up all at once.

It's hard to believe the bed bug problem will ever go away.  If property owners make the investment, they can be controlled.  However, the combination of neglect and constant reproduction have already let the horse out of the barn.

Bed Bug Inspection Group
Bed Bug Inspection Group

I had the misfortune of dealing with bed bugs 2 years ago and my first advice is to make sure you safe guard your bed.  The quickest way to lose your sanity is to lose sleep then have to go to work and take care of your kids.  Pull your bed at least 6" away from the walls and nightstands.  Encase your mattress, prop up your bed with something metal but make sure its stable.  Some people have used gasoline or double side tape at the base or legs.  This should significantly reduce the chance of bed bugs crawling onto your bed at night.  Then call a professional.  

Jon Zhao
Jon Zhao

It needs to be a collaborative effort from both property owners and tenants.  I had a couple of tenants who knew they were living with bed bugs but were so uncooperative in the preparation process that it ended up costing me thousands more in follow-up treatments.   

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