Bed Bugs (March 29, 2013)

Bed bugs were not a big issue for many years but are enjoying a resurgence. This week's sample was from a person who went on a trip and may have brought the bugs back in luggage. The person noticed red welts while traveling but did not make the possible connection to bed bugs before finding one of them several days after returning home. A blog post is far too short to deal with bed bug biology and control but I wanted to let readers know of two excellent Texas A&M publications that address the issues. The first is from Dr. Roger Gold's lab and provides authoritative information on the insect itself, the origin of infestations, bites and concerns and control methods. The second publication is from Dr. Mike Merchant at the Dallas Research and Extension Center. His publication deals with "do it yourself" bed bug control for those people who may be unwilling or unable to hire a pest control operator trained in beg bug control. In 2014 Dr. Merchant posted some additional information for homeowners and pest control operators.  Rutgers also has some very good beg bug information. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension also has a new (2013) publication on How To Select A Bed Bug Control Provider

Bed bug. Photo credit: Oklahoma State University.

Bed bug. Photo credit: Oklahoma State University.