bed bugs

Asked October 1, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

We live in a very nice home, and recently attended a graduation in Minneapolis where we "brought" home bed bugs (our hotel)---please advise in how we get rid of them. Thank you very much--- Jeff Herbert

Minnehaha County South Dakota

1 Response

Jeff, Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet. Research is on-going to find new control options but as of now options are somewhat limited. Bed bugs can congregate in a variety of small and out of the way places in the home making them difficult to get at with control options. Your best bet is to find a pest control company that has experience in heat control to assess the situation.Heat is the most effective tool but is sometimes difficult to get the right amount of heat where the bed bugs are hiding. Pyrethroid insecticides have been used in the past but bed bugs are largely resistant to these chemicals now - and you have to get the spray on them as these pesticides don't have a residual effect on bed bugs. Specially trained dogs can be used to identify where bed bugs are congregating in the home to help target control measures. There is no DIY option - bug bombs and over the counter insecticide sprays do not work. One thing you can do yourself is to heat items in the dryer on high heat for 45 minutes, the place in sealed bags. This won't rid the house of an infestation, but it can rid individual items of bed bugs. Some resources that may help you better understand bed bugs include: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-8/ENTO-8-PDF.pdf http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-31/ENTO-31-PDF.pdf