Bed Bug Infestations                                     

Long believed to be almost extinct, these pesky little night-biters have returned with a vengeance and are headed for a mattress near you.  Bedbug infestations in recent years have increased dramatically in all 50 states, according to the National Pest Management Association.  Last summer, Terminix  pest-control service ranked Chicago as the fifth-most bedbug-infested city in the country. 

Bedbugs are especially problematic in community dwelling buildings, and are attracted to environments inhabited by large groups of people.  Sarah Kantarovich, technical director for Smithereen Pest Management Services says that bedbugs are not indicative of poor housekeeping, and is not the result of a sanitation issue. 

While bedbugs do not transmit disease, they cause health problems such as skin irritation, anxiety, and insomnia.  Exterminating bed bugs include high head, freezing temperatures, high-powered vacuuming, steam, and pesticides, often used together. 

Professionals advise that the best control is frequent inspections and pro-active measures.  Learn more about bed bugs at www.pestworld.org.