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Climbing Bed Bugs

April 19, 2017

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Bed bugs have been proven time and time again to be an incredibly painful and annoying pest. But just in case you thought bed bugs were done being a nuisance, think again. A new article published by the Washington Press reports that some bed bugs are actually able to climb. This small, new piece of information may seem insignificant, but it actually has some cause for concern which I will cover. But first, I will summarize the article so that you understand what the new research says.

The article from the Washington Post reported on some lab tests conducted at Malaysia’s University of Science. Chow-Yang Lee, an epidemiologist the University of Science, conducted lab tests on different types of bed bugs and pitfall traps. First of all, pitfall traps are a very popular and effective way of detecting and monitoring bed bug infestations. Pitfall traps are also sold around the world. These traps rely on smooth inner walls in order to stop the bed bugs from escaping. However, these traps have only been tested using common bed bugs, which are the most common in the U.S. Chow-Yang Lee tested the effectiveness of pitfall traps on tropical bed bugs. In case you haven’t read my earlier bog on tropical bed bugs, the short story is that tropical bed bugs spread much quicker and are much harder to kill than common bed bugs. The results of the lab tests are very disconcerting. Lee found that 24 to 76 percent of tropical bed bug strains made it out of the traps while only 2 percent of common bed bug strains made it out. In a measurement of vertical friction force, the tropical bed bugs surpassed the common bed bugs. Researchers also found that tropical bed bugs have extra hairs on the tibial pads of their feet. This most likely explains why and how they are able to escape the pitfall traps. The extra hairs on their feet allow them to have extra grip on surfaces.

Now let’s talk about how this affects you. First, tropical bed bugs have just recently reappeared in Florida, specifically southern Florida. The tropical climate almost year round allows them to survive. Second, the number of tropical bed bug infestations will soon be on the rise as tropical bed bugs can spread quickly. This means that detecting and monitoring infestations will be important in order to rid your house of this pest. One of the best ways to detect an infestation was the pitfall trap, but since that doesn’t work on tropical bed bugs, you’ll have to use some different methods. The methods include checking clothes and sheets for bed bugs, dead bed bugs and for their feces. At the first sign of a possible infestation, call the professionals at Nozzle Nolen for a free consultation. Tropical bed bugs are mean little critters and the sooner you get them out of your house, the better. Nozzle Nolen offers a wide range of effective and affordable treatments. The longer you leave the infestation alone, the worse it will get. If you have any questions about termites or if you are interested in our pest control services, please call one of our Nozzle Nolen representatives at (800) 226-6536.



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