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Brenda

Friday, November 2, 2012
We have bedbugs in my home and I need some help in how to get rid of them!

Grace

Thursday, September 27, 2012
How do you avoid exposure and does diatomacious earth work as a preventative measure if used in the home.

National Pest Management Association

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Hi Grace, Great questions. There are a lot of things you can do to prevent bringing bed bugs into your home. Check out some prevention tips here:http://www.pestworld.org/all-things-bed-bugs/bed-bug-prevention/ Unfortunately there are no household remedies or DIY measures that can completely eradicate a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are THE most difficult pest to treat, and a professional should handle an infestation. If you suspect you have an infestation, we recommend using the zip code search on our homepage to find a professional pest control company near you.

NPMA Team

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Hi Doug, Unfortunately, it is difficult to identify the pest infestation you are describing without physically seeing the pests and bites. It could be a bed bug infestation, mosquitoes, spiders, mites, or even an allergy or skin reaction unrelated to pests. Keep in mind that not everyone has a reaction to all insects bites, which may explain why your wife has bite marks and you do not. We recommend consulting with a licensed pest professional who will be able to inspect your home, identify the pest species and recommend a proper course of treatment. Without treatment, the infestation will continue to grow. You can find a pest professional in your area by using the zip code locator on PestWorld.org.: http://www.pestworld.org/find-a-pest-control-professional/

NPMA Team

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Hi Terri, We are so sorry to learn that you have bed bugs. Unfortunately this pest is becoming troubling for many people as 1 in 5 Americans has now experienced bed bugs directly or indirectly (through a friend or family member having them). It is vitally important that you have the bed bug population controlled as soon as possible because their numbers will continue to grow without professional treatment. This is not a pest that can be controlled with do-it-yourself measures. Depending on where you live, your state may have laws that determine who is responsible for controlling bed bug infestations. In many cases, the landlord/property management company may be required to assist you. For more information on specific bed bug laws in your state, you can go here: http://www.pestworld.org/all-things-bed-bugs/public-policy/state-specific-bed-bug-laws/

Doug

Sunday, June 3, 2012
My wife has been getting bitten at night in bed, not every night but spread out by a week or so. We sleep in the same bed but I have no bites. We have looked for bed bug sign but have not seen any. This has gone on for about four weeks after a trip to Hawaii. Is this unusual not seeing any signs?

Terri

Saturday, June 2, 2012
What noone seems to address as a problem is one like ours. We moved into a house that had bedbugs. We cannot afford to have a service come in, and the landlord refused to help. We have ordered chemicals, and tried to treat these for several months, however the house was foreclosed on and we have no recourse. The economically challenged people are the real sufferers of this problem, which only caused the spread of them. I have to have my own daughter check all her clothing as she goes out the door to school or anywhere as we all do, just so we don't carry them with. We have spent $160 on chemicals and are still battling a bug I thought was no more than a nursery rhyme. Bedbugs became extremely active I have been told since the government stopped the use of DDT is that true? We have literally burned most of our furniture and am spraying everything as we move, plus have to get rid of our mattresses as they are ruined, and what recourse do we have in Milwaukee County, WI. to get rid of them, what help can we get?

NPMA Team

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Hi YJ, Your landlord has taken the right step by working with a professional pest control company to treat the infestation. However, bed bugs are THE most difficult pest to treat and it takes vigilance to completely eliminate an infestation. Depending on the type of treatment the pest professional used, it can take several treatments to completely eliminate bed bugs. Also, I believe you are referring to diatomaceous earth, which controls insects by damaging their exoskeleton resulting in desiccation. It’s a tool that can be used as part of an integrated bed bug treatment plan, but rather than applying any pest management products yourself, we recommend contacting your pest professional to determine if follow-up treatments are necessary. Since they know your specific case and the treatment plan used, they'll be able to give you the most accurate advice. Good luck!

yj

Friday, November 11, 2011
Our landlord sent pest control out to spray and still bed bugs are biting and hiding 2yrs now. does garden stuff work the D word diamecous something like that?

NPMA Team

Monday, November 7, 2011
Hi Al, Unfortunately there are no household remedies or DIY measures that can completely eradicate a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are THE most difficult pest to treat, and a professional should handle an infestation. We recommend using the zip code search on our homepage to find a professional pest control company near you. Good luck!

NPMA Team

Monday, November 7, 2011
Hi Susan, Sorry to hear about your children’s apartment issues. We recommend speaking with the landlord see if they cover professional pest control under the terms of your lease. Because it can take several treatments to completely eliminate all bed bugs, we would recommend having a professional also inspect/treat any furniture that you brought with you when you moved your son and daughter into the apartment. To find a qualified and licensed pest professional, try the zip-code locator on this site. It’s also a good idea to have your children launder all of their clothing and bedding in hot water to kill any bed bugs. Good luck!

al

Sunday, November 6, 2011
how to get rid of bedbug with out having an exterminator

Susan Acree

Sunday, November 6, 2011
We leased an apartment for our son and daughter to live while attending college. We could not see the apartment until moving in. We had to arrange for power and water to be turned on month in advance. We moved them in weekend before school started. The apartment had bedbugs which I saw in piece of board loose from bathroom wall. I did not know what they were but examined and did nothing. Now children are having problems. What could I have done? It is not like you can inspect hotel room and then leave and get another.

NPMA Team

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Hi Ashraf, Sorry to hear about your bed bug problems. We understand your frustration, as they are the most difficult pest to treat. If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation, we recommend contacting a pest professional immediately. You can use the zip code locator function on PestWorld.org to find a qualified, local pest professional that can inspect your home, identify an infestation and recommend the most effective course of treatment. In addition, you can visit the Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Bed Bugs on PestWorld.org, which will help you understand the accepted best practices for working with a professional and enacting appropriate follow up. Good luck!

Ashraf

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Please advice me, what to do with this offensive bug. Even diazinon spray isn't effective with them. I want to sleep!!!!!

NPMA Team

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Hi Susan, Thank you for your question. Scabies and bed bugs are not the same thing. Scabies is a skin disease caused by mites that burrow into the skin and deposit their eggs, forming a burrow that looks like a pencil mark. Symptoms of scabies include an itchy rash, sores and thin, pencil-mark lines on the skin. These symptoms may be confused with those caused by other insects such as bed bugs. It is important to contact your health care provider if you have symptoms of scabies. Bed bugs feed on human blood, usually engorging the skin for 5-10 minutes, which causes a bite mark. Bed bugs do not transmit diseases, but their bites can become red, itchy welts. If you suspect that you have bed bugs, contact a licensed pest professional. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to remove, but a professional can perform an inspection and recommend a comprehensive treatment plan.

Susan Murley

Monday, October 17, 2011
Are Bed Bugs and Scabies the same? What is the difference?

Ifetayo Bey

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
What can you do to eliminated these bed bugs without throwing out your whole mattress?

National Pest Management Association

Hi Brenda, We are so sorry to learn that you have bed bugs. It is vitally important that you have the bed bug population controlled as soon as possible because their numbers will continue to grow without professional treatment. This is not a pest that can be controlled with do-it-yourself measures. For more information on bed bug control, visit our bed bug best practices page: http://www.pestworld.org/all-things-bed-bugs/best-practices/

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