Bed Bugs Coming to Sacramento
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Bed bugs have boomed in New York, and now the blood suckers are
UC Davis professor of entomology Lynn Kimsey said bed bugs are
showing up in the Sacramento region, and it's going to get
"More and more populations building up," Kimsey said.
The reason they're building up is because people don't remember
how to deal with them.
"In the 1920's 30's even 40's we had cultural practices that we
did to kind of take care of the problem," explained Kimsey, "If you
look at all the old black and white movies where there's a
housewife who's hanging laundry; that didn't have anything to do
with necessarily washing it that had to do with bed bugs."
While they're called "bed bugs" the blood suckers don't limit
themselves to just mattresses; it's any upholstered furniture like
couches. One way to keep the critters out of your home is to not
buy upholstered furniture second hand.
Kimsey added another way is being observant when staying in a
"I always pull the mattress up and look at the piping around the
edge to see if there are any black flecks," she said, "That's a
good indicator of bed bugs."
Those precautions help keep them out of the home, but if they're
already there Kimsey said there's not much that can be done.
"There really isn't a best method," she said, "In a perfect
world heat does it. If you can keep things up to 120-130 degrees
for 20 minutes, but I know the fire department doesn't like
While there are sprays they have to be administered by somebody
who knows how to apply it for bed bugs.
Those steps will kill them, but Kimsey said there's no way to
stop them completely.
"They aren't going to be easy to get rid of and they are going
to be present," she said, "There are always going to be a few
individuals who, for whatever reason, are going to be moving these
The resurgence of bed bugs will be discussed at the Northern
California Entomology Society's meeting on May 3 at UC Davis.