Bedbugs: They're Baaaaaack!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I woke up Thursday morning and looked upon the wall. The skeeters and the bedbugs were playing a game of ball. The score was nineteen to twenty, the skeeters were ahead. The bedbugs hit a homerun and knocked me out of bed.

Does anyone remember that old camp fire song? Well, after decades of living bedbug free, we are in for a massive comeback by these annoying little critters that live in our mattresses and furniture and hair and clothes and everywhere you can think of that will annoy you. The Environmental Protection Agency held a meeting dubbed the first National Bed Bug Summit this week to try and figure out a solution to this bed bug explosion. Greg Baumann is the Senior Scientist and Technical Director for the National Pest Management Association, and he’s been following these meetings closely.

Guests:

Greg Bauman

Contributors:

David J Fazekas

Comments [2]

v austin from tempe az

Just saw the above post re latex as naturally resistant to bed bugs. There are major benefits in a latex mattress that is all natural including the wool backing on the mattress cover which is a natural fire retardant. But, in fact, a latex mattress IS NOT naturally bed bug resistant. IT IS dust mite resistant as a non food source.
Bed Bugs feed on human or animal blood. If the bed bug arrives he's there because of the host and will stay in the bed as long as the host serves it's purpose. You can read a full article with many details on bed bugs at sleepez.com.

Sep. 27 2010 02:37 PM
Karen

If everyone would by natural latex or wool beds, we may not have this alarming problem. Latex is naturally bed bug resistant, wool is too. I've had a latex bed (rubber from the rubber tree) for 3 years and it was one of the best purchases I've ever made. They last upwards of 20 years too! We have all the corporations scrambling to come up with a new toxic solution, when the natural solutions are already in place. The cost is similar to a better quality memory foam bed.

Apr. 16 2009 08:20 AM

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