Looks like there is hope after all with a new bed bug treatment on the horizon.
Bed bugs a growing concern and it looks like the Penn Stated University is doing something about it and looking into new treatment methods for dealing with the new bed bug problem.
Below is the article I just found, it is a little bit old but it still highlights the growing concern and need for a real bed bug solution.
New treatment for bedbugs causes less disruption
Monday, February 27, 2012 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – As bedbugs continue to be a growing problem in apartment buildings, dorm rooms, hotels, hospitals and homes across the country, a new treatment method is proving to be very effective and less disruptive for students at Penn State.
According to David Manos, assistant director of housing at Penn State, whole room heat treatment is changing the way they treat for bedbugs in campus residence halls. “Previously, once a case was confirmed, the room would be quarantined and it would be treated with combinations of chemicals and heat treatments for individual items. All clothing and bedding would have to be run through the dryer, and the student would be displaced for a minimum of 21 days. It was very labor intensive, typically one room would require 20-30 hours of time, as well as very disruptive to the student,” said Manos.
Last fall, John Parks of Parks Pest Control in State College and the Centre Region Bed Bug Coalition approached Manos about an alternative treatment for bedbugs. Parks had recently purchased a whole room heat treatment unit with four heaters and Manos expressed interest in trying it out.
“With whole room heat treatment, the entire room and all contents are heated to 130-135 degrees Fahrenheit,” Parks explained. “Bedbugs will die instantly at those temperatures. We use remote thermometers that can be monitored on laptops to make sure all areas of the room reach the right temperature.” The heaters will automatically shut off at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, so no damage will be caused to the contents of the room.
Manos says it the new treatment method eliminates the use of chemicals to treat bedbugs completely and lessens the impact on students. “Typically the student can move back into the room within 24 hours, and they don’t have to move their belongings and treat everything separately.”
Depending on the degree of infestation, adjacent rooms will be inspected. Despite careful inspections by the housing staff and posted information about bedbugs and other educational efforts, bedbug cases at Penn State have almost quadrupled this school year, up from four cases last year to 17 so far this year.
“Without the new treatment program, it would have been very difficult to keep up. The collaboration between Parks and Penn State’s contracted pesticide control operator, Orkin’s Randal Ridenour, has resulted in big advantages to the students and the Penn State community,” said Manos. “There is no silver bullet for bedbugs; the best deterrent is still education. If barriers fail however, whole room heat treatments are vital to prevent the spread of bedbugs. It’s been the best answer at Penn State, and probably the best answer for the community.”
Everyone should learn to identify bedbugs and their signs. Information on effective bedbug management in multiple environments can be found at the Pennsylvania IPM Program’s bedbug resource Web page at http://extension.psu.edu/bedbugs. Categories include Group Living, Schools/Childcares, Workplace, Health Care Facilities and Travelers/ Hotels. There is also information for pest control professionals and information in Spanish. Read the full story on this bed bug treatment here…
Man I remember when we had bed bugs it was the worse thing I ever had to deal with, from the painful bites, to the sleepless nights as well as the embarassment of having bed bugs.
Have you had a bed bug encounter and how did you get rid of your bed bugs??