Bed Bugs Still a Big Problem

WCTV-TV (Tallahassee, FL)
Thursday, November 3, 2011

They're the creepy crawlies that our mother's warned us about before going to sleep each night .. bed bugs.

But now they are more than an after thought before you close your eyes ... the little critters are a huge problem.

Dini Miller, Virginia Tech entomologist says, "Bed bugs have spread throughout the United States. We have bed bugs in all 50 states now and some spots are really heavily infested."

Entomologist Dini Miller says apartment complexes and hotels are some of the worst infested areas; places where people travel or move to and away from often.

Even though bed bugs are primarily in your bed and your bedroom, sometimes they can show up where you really don't want them.

James Colvin from McCall Service says, "In the drawers to their dresser, and around some sexy clothes they had laying around. But that's part of the job you have to look everywhere for them because they will show up everywhere."

The methods designed to get rid of the tiny bloodsuckers has definitely gotten more sophisticated.

Chemicals and fumigation usually do the trick, but tossing infested bedding or clothes in the dryer also helps.

Unfortunately, all these new methods haven't slowed the spread.

Dini Miller says, "That's why we are talking about them a lot because this is something we might have to live with for the next 10 years."

So before you go to sleep at night, make sure the bed bugs don't bite.