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Transcript of Life Expectancy
Bed bug infestations actually used to be very common in the United States before World War II. But with improvements in hygiene, and especially the widespread use of DDT during the 1940s and ‘50s, the bed bugs all but vanished.Over roughly the past decade, bed bugs have made a dramatic comeback in the U.S.― they’re appearing increasingly in homes, apartments, hotels, health care facilities, dormitories, shelters, schools and public transportation. Other places where bed bugs sometimes occur include movie theaters, rental furniture, and office buildings. Immigration and international travel have contributed to the resurgence of bed bugs in the U.S.
What to look for
Homes We see
A female bed bug can lay 500 eggs in 9 months.
How do you get bed Bugs?
Bed bugs travel well! Traveling and purchasing second hand furniture and bedding is the most common way to get bed bugs.
Bed bugs can be transported to a infested to a clean area to an infested area in many ways including:
1. In clothes, shoes, purses or accessories of a person living in an infested area.
2. Travel on their own from one infested apartment to a non infested apartment.
3. in luggage when traveling.
4. in any furniture.
Bed Bug Behavior and Hiding Places:
Bed bugs can survive for many months without a host. It has been reported that in some cases bed bugs can survive a year or more without feeding.
Bed bugs do not stay attached to their host. Once they have fed they return to their hiding places.
Bed Bugs come out at night—they love darkness and dark colors. When not active, they hide in many places, including:
· Mattress seams
· Box springs and bed frames
· Furniture crevices
· Cracks or seams in floor boards or walls and under carpet
· Behind wall paper and picture frames
· Clutter or clothes surrounding the sleeping area
· Electrical outlets
Check these areas at night with a flashlight.
Safe from bed bugs
Don’t sit on the furniture.
Only bring the essential things you need. Coat/bag adds hiding places.
Bring a bag/container to put clothes in.
Have extra clothes somewhere to change.
Keeping your car clean is always helpful to keep bedbugs from surviving in the car.
Clothing is Important
Always remember simple is the best when it comes to clothing.
Bed bugs like to hide in clothes make sure you don’t bring home hitchhikers.
Action Plan for a Social Worker
We need to be prepared to go into infested homes.
We can’t control if a home has bed bugs, but we can control how prepared we are.
Put clothes and shoes
30 minutes on high. Around 120
Be aware of what to look for in a home
Each stage takes a week.
Alive for 9 months
Cold water in a wash machine will
not kill the bed bugs, Hot water
will kill bed bugs.
look for reddish smears.
22 states has laws regarding bed bugs. These laws range from requirements from landlords, hotels, workers, and insecticides.
1. Florida-Requires landlords make reasonable provisions for the extermination of bedbugs in rental property.
2.Iowa- Requires that migrant labor camps establish bedbug control measures in order to be permitted.
3. Minnesota- Requires hotels, motels, lodging houses, and other like facilities to be constructed and equipped to prevent bedbug infestations. Allows such facilities to use licensed exterminators in certain circumstances.
4. Illinois-Requires railcars that will be occupied by the public be free from bedbugs. Requires regular cleaning and inspection of railcars. Provides for penalties
5. Kansas- Classifies bedbugs as an imminent health hazard.
Requires licensees of lodging establishments to cease operations of areas affected by an imminent health hazard and to notify authorities of its presence within 12 hours of discovery.
Lodging Establishments-Guest rooms. Licensees may not rent guest rooms which have been infested by bedbugs. The licensee must report the infestation to the authorities within one business day of discovery
6. Missouri- doesn’t have any laws regarding bedbugs, bill (846) was proposed and the second read was in March 2013.