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How Do Pest Control Professionals Monitor Indoor Bed Bug Populations?

How Do Pest Control Professionals Monitor Indoor Bed Bug Populations?

Bed bug infestations must be addressed by licensed pest control professionals, as these bloodsucking insect pests are tremendously difficult to eliminate from infested homes, and store-bought bed bug control products are largely ineffective. Even most professional-grade insecticides are inadequate for the purpose of bed bug control, and infestations are usually eliminated by combining various non-chemical extermination methods, such as high heat, steam and vacuuming. Heat treatments have become the most reliable method of bed bug eradication, but heavy infestations sometimes require the additional use of minimal insecticides in order to be eliminated. Many pest control professionals set up monitors within bed bug-infested homes in order accurately estimate the size of bed bug populations and to detect the location of their harborages.

These days, it is common for pest control professionals to set up multiple bed bug monitors near beds, furniture and other probable harborage sites within infested homes. These monitors are useful for luring and trapping bed bugs as they travel from their harborage sites to their human blood host during the nighttime hours. Several different types of bed bug monitoring products are used by pest control professionals, and by detecting bed bug hiding spots, monitors often save pest control professionals from the hassle of disassembling furniture to find the insect pests. Generally, each monitor falls into one of two categories known as passive and active monitors, both of which are designed to trap bed bugs.

Active monitors lure bed bugs with one or a combination of attractants, such as heat, carbon dioxide, pheromones, or host odors. These attractants lure bed bugs out of their harborages and into a sticky trap or pitfall trap within the monitor. Active monitors successfully pinpoint harborage sites where bed bugs would otherwise remain hidden. Passive monitors are much less sophisticated, as they are designed to trap bed bugs by exploiting their attraction to tight and dark spaces, and they do not lure bed bugs with odorous attractants. A third type of bed bug monitor known as an interceptor monitor is designed to trap bed bugs as they travel to their sleeping human hosts. Interceptor monitors see humans act as bait for trapping bed bugs, and these products resemble cups that are easily placed under the legs of bed frames and furniture. One study showed that interceptor monitors captured six times more bed bugs than pest control professionals were able to find during visual inspections.

Have you ever used a bed bug monitoring production in your home?


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People’s Complaints Over Bed Bug-Infested Airplanes Goes Viral

It is becoming common knowledge that bed bug infestations are increasing in hotels and motels. However, you may not have heard much about the increase in bed bug infestations aboard airline flights, but many people are being terrorized by these blood suckers while being thousands of feet in the air. Although the media has reported on numerous bed bug infestations on airplanes, many victims believe that the public is largely unaware of how often bed bug-related incidents occur during airline flights. This is why many people are taking to social media to share their stories concerning bed bug encounters on airplanes.Bed Bug Control

Recently, British Airways was forced to fumigate two airplanes after bed bugs were discovered during flights. Despite the fact that British Airways had been aware of a bed bug presence on the planes, they did very little to address the problem. In response to the lack of action taken by the airline to eradicate the bed bugs, one British Airways customer has started his own website where other angry bed bug victims can post their own complaints about the insects that they have found aboard airline flights. The person who started the website, Zane Selkirk, first posted pictures of the injuries that she had sustained from bed bugs while aboard a British Airways flight. The pictures showed bed bug bites covering her hands, legs and feet. Once these pics went viral, British Airways finally took action to eradicate the bed bug presence within their airplanes. Last year, another person who had been attacked by bed bugs on a United Airlines flight sent a letter to the New York Times detailing his experience. Despite all of these complaints, and the fact that bed bugs on airplanes is clearly a problem, very few statistics, if any, on bed bug problems within airplanes can be found. So far, bed bug complaints have been reported solely by business class customers, and not first class fliers.

Do you think that bed bugs will be on your mind the next time you fly an airline? Or do you prefer bed bug-free first class?

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Magic Pest Control’s Back to School Bed Bug Advice for College Students

As college students prepare to return to campuses nationwide, many plan to bring secondhand furniture including mattresses, futons, dressers, couches and more. As bags are being packed, and students begin to move in, Magic Pest Control is urging students in the Phoenix are to inspect new lodgings, personal belongings, and secondhand items, for bed bugs as these pests can cause painful, red itchy welts and can also spread quickly when introduced to new environments.

According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), bed bugs pose serious concerns to dorm rooms and thrive in university environments as there are often many people living in a confined space. In fact, a 2015 survey, conducted by the NPMA and the University of Kentucky, found that bed bug infestations in the United States continue at high rates, with 99.6 percent of pest professionals treating for bed bugs in the year prior.

Bed bugs are opportunistic and elusive pests. As students return from summers filled with travel they may unknowingly be transporting bed bugs to college campuses. Or, they could be returning to an environment where bed bugs are already a problem. It is essential that students inspect all belongings to help keep these pests at bay. Bed bugs are not only undesirable for students but also for parents who don’t want their children bringing these pests home on breaks.

Magic Pest Control offers tips to help prevent bed bugs from taking up residence in dorms:

  • Fully inspect suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to school, especially if you have traveled during the summer. Wash all clothes, even those that haven’t been worn, in hot water.
  • On move-in day, thoroughly inspect the entire room including mattress seams on beds, behind the headboard and in furniture using a flashlight for good visibility. If you see anything suspect, immediately contact a university facility manager or landlord.
  • If you are considering bringing “secondhand” furniture to campus, properly inspect it for telltale signs of bed bugs. If you notice and signs of shed skins, small blot marks/pepper-like stains do not bring it to campus.

Students are urged to follow prevention tips when packing for school and before unpacking in a new room. For more information on preventing bed bugs, visit