Monday, August 16, 2010

City that Never Sleeps - 1 in 10 Homes Battle Bed Bugs

I recently read an article in the NY Daily News that reported a poll suggesting that as many as 10% of New York homes have had an infestation of bed bugs. This is double the rate from 2009.

The accuracy of such a poll, based on results of just over 800 adults, may be dubious, but it certainly suggests bed bugs are a significant and increasing problem. It may also suggest that as people become more aware of bed bugs, what they are and what the symptoms are they are becoming better at realising that they have an infestation. There have been several reports regarding bed bugs in the Big Apple recently including reports of infestations in high class stores and hotels.

New York is not alone in seeing an increase in bedbug infestations. New Zealand may be isolated to some extent, but with the growth of bed bug infestations worldwide and the ease of travel, New Zealand is also seeing a significant rise in the affects of bed bugs.

There is still ignorance among Kiwis about what bed bugs are, what to look for and how to prevent or deal with an infestation. You can protect yourself and greatly reduce the risks of bringing bed bugs home from travelling (in NZ or abroad) by treating your luggage with a long lasting insecticide specifically designed for the job (including IGR, insect growth regulator). And you can eradicate an infestation and protect your family by treating the places in the bedroom where bed bugs hide. It is important to use products formulated to deal with bed bugs and to be very thorough in your search for and treating of bed bug harbourages.

What lives in big apples and is an avid reader? A big bookworm!

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