Bed Bug Myths Debunked: Bed Bug Super Dogs Reveals Truth About Bed Bug Myths as People Scramble to Avoid Infestation
Bed Bug Super Dogs, a leading provider of NESDCA-certified canine bed bug detection for individuals and large property owners, has identified – and debunked -- the top bed bug myths now circulating among those worried about a possible infestation. Finding bed bugs, freezing bed bugs, identifying bed bug bites, pesticide resistance among bed bugs -- all are items that are addressed.
New York, NY (PRWEB) December 17, 2010
Bed Bug Super Dogs, a leading provider of NESDCA-certified canine bed bug detection, has identified – and debunked -- the top bed bug myths now circulating among those worried about a possible infestation.
“Bed bugs are causing enormous, and in some cases unnecessary, anxiety,” said David Baer, CEO of Bed Bug Super Dogs. “Replacing myths with facts will help reduce fear, increasing public awareness and early detection, which are the best ways to prevent or limit the spread of the bugs.”
The myths and the facts (with thanks to entomologist Lou Sorkin):
- You can find bed bugs by using a flashlight in a dark room.
- Place infested items in the freezer to kill the bugs.
- You can tell if it’s a bed bug from the bite mark.
- Bed bugs bite at night when you are asleep (and won’t come out if the light is on).
- Bed bugs can fly.
- Bed bugs only feed on humans.
- Bed bugs are resistant to pesticides.
- Bed bug feces are black spots.
Bed Bug Super Dogs recently released the results of a survey revealing that entomologists and pest control experts expect bed bugs to spread during the holiday travel season, and that hotels are considered the greatest risk of exposure to the fast-spreading parasite. Survey respondents included entomologists, bed bug experts and exterminators.
When asked if holiday travel (hotel visits, house guests, retail purchases, returning students) will affect the spread of bed bugs this year, more than 92 percent of experts said that it will increase or significantly increase the spread of the bugs.
A full 85 percent of bed bug experts identified hotels as the greatest risk of exposure to bed bugs. A smaller number of experts said house guests represent the greatest risk of exposure, while just 3.8 percent cited public transportation, school or dormitory as a top exposure risk.
Assessing the recent spread of the bugs, 34.6 percent of respondents said the number of bed bug incidents has doubled or more than doubled during the past 18 months. More than half, or 57 percent, said incidents have increased by 51 percent or more. No respondents said the incidents have decreased or stayed the same.
In a finding that might cause concern, a full 65 percent of experts said the number of bed bug incidents will increase by 51 percent or more during the next 18 months, and 34.6 percent said the number of incidents is likely to double. No respondents said they expect the number incidents to decrease or remain the same.
A full 42 percent of respondents said that people generally notice an infestation after six to eight weeks, a period of time that could enable an adult female bed bug to lay dozens of eggs.
More than 50 percent of experts said that humans can detect bedbugs with less than 25 percent accuracy, and 27 percent of respondents said the accuracy of human detection is 10 percent or less.
More than 80 percent of respondents said that trained, maintained and certified detection dogs have a greater than 86 percent accuracy in detecting bed bugs in the early stages of an infestation. More than 42 percent said the dogs were 96 percent (or more) accurate.
About Bed Bug Super Dogs
Bed Bug Super Dogs is New York City’s foremost bed bug inspection firm serving individuals and owners and managers of commercial, residential and retail property. The company uses highly trained NESDCA-certified scent dogs and handlers, providing detection services in the New York City metro area and to institutions nationally. Bed Bug Super Dogs is positioned to accommodate corporate clients and owners of multi-city portfolios who require a program of ongoing inspections to prevent an infestation and resulting reputation damage. Visit http://www. BedBugSuperDogs. com, or call 646 599-9986 for more information.