A recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) revealed that bed bugs are alive and well in the U.S. The study revealed that one in five Americans has either had an infestation themselves or known someone who has.
In order to deal with the growing numbers of bed bug infestations, the association has issued a guide for industry professionals and consumers working to eradicate these blood-sucking pests.
"Bed bugs are extremely difficult to control, let alone eradicate, which is why it's so important that we share these Best Management Practices," said NPMA's Missy Henriksen.
The guidelines contain information on detection, disposal of personal items and furniture as well as methods of controlling the bugs.
While there are several ways to rid homes and businesses of bed bugs – including using chemical pesticides and heat – many say a two-part bed bug treatment method consisting of a silicon dioxide powder and an oil-based pyrethrin spray can be effective.
Bed Bug Killer powder can be applied around the mattress or directly on it. When the bugs encounter it, they dry up and die.
Following the powder treatment up with a Bed Bug Spray can help combat re-emerging problems. It can be applied on mattresses and other places bed bugs hide, such as on wall-ceiling joints and baseboards, as well as behind and underneath furniture, cushions and furnishings.