At Rose Pest Solutions in Troy [Michigan], where Sheperdigian reigns as vice president for technical services, the number of bedbug jobs has risen from one or two in 2001 to about 160 last year, with continued rapid growth expected in 2008.
The article goes beyond the standard “bed bugs are in our area now” articles which are popping up weekly, delving into the origins of the problem, as well as various ways to get rid of bed bugs.
Interestingly, Rubin cites Sheperdigian as challenging the theory that bed bugs came back due to increased travel:
One theory says that bedbugs have reemerged because Americans are traveling more to countries where they never quite went away. The problem is, Sheperdigian says, his research shows we were traveling more in the ’80s and ’90s.
“This isn’t a matter of reintroduction,” he says. “There’s something deeper happening that we don’t understand.”
Rubin also cites Sheperdigian’s opinion on Cryonite:
. . . Sheperdigian’s opinion of one of the trendy new methods of bedbug-whacking, an icy carbon dioxide spray that’s supposed to freeze them in their creepy little tracks. He says it mostly blows them around.
As far as I am concerned, the jury is still out on Cryonite, but I have not personally seen any effectiveness studies yet.
For good measure, the article also notes that, as far as treatment is concerned,
Rose Pest Solutions uses a combination of vacuums, steam and insecticides. Others favor bedbug-sniffing dogs or the equivalent of gigantic hair dryers.
None are foolproof.