Lab foraging versus real life foraging

Over the years I have recorded bed bug bed bug behaviour on various substrates and apparatuses many times. One thing I always noted was that the foraging behaviour was always quite sedate when I inspected the experiment in the morning but would quickly ramp up with my presence. Therefore I concluded that I was not […]

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Air movement and bed bugs

In my line of work I often use a 10x hand held magnifier to identify newly hatched bed bugs. I don’t often bother magnifying the adult bugs as they are very easy to identify but on one particular occasion I was looking at an adult bed bug stuck to the edge of a glue board. […]

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Where do you put your jacket/belongings if you must visit an infested suite?

My usual advice is do not visit people who have bed bugs. Rather invite your friend for coffee in a public place. But there are times when you can not avoid going to an infested apartment. What do you do with your jacket, shoes, purse, laptop, etc.? When visiting a home with bed bugs always […]

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An Attempt to Prevent Bed Bug Spread by Sealing an Apartment Block

An Attempt to Prevent Bed Bug Spread by Sealing an Apartment Block Home Leon Wieler from Sleep Tight Exterminations LTD source

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Bed Bugs in the Bible!

We found Bed Bugs in the Bible. Home Leon Wieler from Sleep Tight Exterminations LTD source

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Sometimes clutter has its advantages

We know that bed bugs move further away from a host when suitable harbourage near the host is restricted. And if bed bugs are forced to locate harbourage far away from the host some get lost and will either disperse elsewhere or stay and wait for host cues to arrive. Sometimes the bugs will wait […]

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Environmental considerations play a role in the ability of climb up interceptors to catch bed bugs

It has been noted by others that black climb up interceptors catch more bed bugs than white ones in an experimental tank. I suspected that environmental conditions were responsible for those results so I decided to test this theory in my experimental tank. I put four identical white interceptors in my experimental tank and covered […]

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Is a precautionary baseboard treatment worthwhile?

When addressing multi family apartments it is imperative that all suites surrounding an infested suite are, at minimum, inspected for bed bugs. Most exterminators will suggest treating all surrounding suites as a precaution. Some exterminators will only treat the baseboards if a suite is adjacent to an infested suite but shows no evidence of bed […]

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The problem of bed bugs feeding during the day

I am assisting a local rooming house owner address a very severe infestation in one of his rooms. Several thousand bugs were caught in the glue board traps on first inspection after first treatment. After 3 treatments the number of bugs caught in the traps declined but I noticed a continuing abnormal number of first […]

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The politics of bed bugs and social housing

Getting rid of bed bugs in multi family settings requires a landlord willing to spend some money, an experienced exterminator determined to do a good job, and a tenant who follows through on the considerable amount of work required to prepare and take preventative actions in the future. If any one of these is missing […]

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