Bed bugs may not be getting the SHOCK and FEAR headlines their presence engendered last year, but these blood-feeding insects aren’t going away. Cumberland, Maryland; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Flagstaff, Arizona; Columbus, Ohio and Stockton, California are just a few of the towns where new bed bug infestations have occurred in the past week. NJ pest control companies on the East Coast, a perennial bed bug hot spot, are reporting a 10-fold increase in the number of bed bug infestations they are treating.

Bed bugs typically provoke reactions of fear and horror. While not known to transmit disease, bed bugs attack you in your bed while you are sleeping, feeding on your blood for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. For most bed bug victims, the emotional trauma of sharing their bed with these parasitic insects is more damaging than the intensely itchy red welts their bites raise. Bed bug victims typically experience anxiety and despair. Unfortunately, despair often causes bed bug victims to overuse and misuse pesticides, endangering their own health.

What most bed bug victims do not realize is that home and garden insecticides have absolutely no impact on bed bugs. Using a greater quantity of a pest control product than is recommended or using a product that is intended for outdoor use  inside your home or applying home and garden or pet pesticides to your body or bed will not rid your home of bed bugs but can seriously endanger your health.

As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advised in a joint statement issued earlier this year, successful NJ bed bug extermination requires Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a combination of environmental management, bed bug monitoring and application of professional pest control products by a licensed NJ pest control company like ChemTec Pest Control that has a successful track record of eliminating bed bug infestations.