Bed bug cures are bleeding customers of cash
The Baltimore Sun
Friday, April 8, 2011
By Eileen Ambrose
OK, everyone is thoroughly scared of a bed bug infestation.
Now the Federal Trade Commission warns that some of the remedies
on the market don't even work. And sometimes you can even make
the problem worse when trying to eradicate bugs.
For example, bug bombs and foggers should be avoided.
"They can make the problem worse because bed bugs tend to
cluster in small areas," the FTC says. "When an area is bug bombed,
for example, bed bugs scatter, which may expand their infestation
throughout your home."
The FTC's consumer alert is filled with factoids about
bed bugs, like they feed on blood ever 5 to 10 days, but can
live more than a year without nourishment.
If you're doing the extermination on your own, the EPA has
an online pesticide product search tool to
find the appropriate weapon.
Or if you hire a professional, the FTC says, check out an
exterminator through your state's pest control regulator -
which is usually the state Department of Agriculture.