POSTED: Tuesday, July 12, 2011
UPDATED: 6:29 pm EDT July 12, 2011
DETROIT -- Detroit is the nation's third most bed bug-infested city. But the reality is it doesn't matter where you go, cities across the U.S. are dealing with bed bugs.
Pest control companies say bed bugs are a growing problem and, as of right now, they are here to stay. And while they might not carry disease, they do carry a stigma but, even that is changing.
Bed bugs don't care how clean a home is, how much it costs or even how much you paid for a hotel room.
"A place to live, something to eat and perhaps a little company," said Mark Sheperdigian, that's all a bed bug needs to survive in your home.
Sheperdigian, an entomologist with Rose Pest Solutions said while getting bed bugs is easy, getting rid of them is tougher. After all, a single female can lay hundreds of barely-visible eggs a month.
Part of the problem they are tough to battle is the products used to eradicate them decades ago are no longer allowed to be used.
"The products we have today, the bed bugs show a great resistance to which means it doesn't work as well, doesn't kill them as quickly, if it kills them at all," Sheperdigian said.
Sheperdigian said not only are the chemicals different, people are different now too. People travel more and we aren't as educated about bed bugs prevention.
"Clearly the bed bugs have changed from what they were before and they have continued to change and it's our job to get in front of them," Sheperdigian said.
In fact, Sheperdigian said since 2002 their business has nearly doubled every year and it's showing now sign of slowing down.
"So many of the conferences are dominated by bed bugs or purely about bed bugs that it's kind of taken over. The bed bugs don't show any signs of slowing up. We don't have anything to stop them dead in their tracks," Sheperdigian said.
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