Faulty bed bug information

by nobugsonme on August 3, 2009 · 5 comments

in bed bugs, misinformation, pesticides, thermal treatment

Florida’s WCTV.com recently ran a story about the wonderful methods used at the University of Florida to bake bed bugs in furniture (they set up an ad hoc oven in the center of the room).

That’s not news to us.

However, this report also contained a curious sidenote:

The environmental protection agency has prohibited the use of pesticides to kill bed bugs.


I think not.

See the original article here: Bed Bug Heater.

1 Winston O. Buggy August 3, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Hey never underestimate a bed bug. Especially in a place like Washington where they have so many potential allies.

2 kelito August 19, 2009 at 3:59 am

I was recently @ my mom’s old b.friend’s house, where I was attacked by bedbugs tht were infested in his couches. I was only there for about 1/2 hr and of course the bites don’t come out till next day-I had hives from the bites-now all scarred up. My question is, I, by the grace of God, did not bring them home as I am not and have not since been bitten by those horrid creatures. Is it possible that you don’t have to always bring them home just because you are in a home that has them? It seems everyone insists thatyou will automatically get them when I clearly don’t have them. I’ve done the duct tape thing taped all in drawers, couch, EVERYWHERE AND nothing. Please someone tell a better side to this nightmare like mine that you don’t ALWAYS bring those things home. THANK YOU!!!

3 nobugsonme August 20, 2009 at 1:22 am


Yes — it is possible to be exposed to bed bugs and not bring them home.

Do not completely rule out the fact that you may have brought a bed bug (or more) home. Each bed bug only needs to feed once a week. You might not notice a single bite, or the bed bug may have fed in that time period, before coming home with you.

DO NOT panic. However, I would remain vigilant, and at the first sign of any further bites, do get your home professionally inspected. If a bag or clothing you had on or with you at the guy’s house is still lying around you might treat it as infested, just on the off chance (a) you brought one home and (b) it did not walk out of the item yet. Clothing can be washed and dried, a bag can be carefully emptied over a sink or bathtub, and each item inspected and washed if possible.

4 Jackie February 6, 2010 at 2:57 am

Also, don’t get your home simply inspected by a professional but get one that has a canine friend. Trained dogs are 90% effective in sniffing them out vs 14% when you use human detection.

All the best, I hope they don’t find ANYTHING!!!!!!!

5 nobugsonme February 7, 2010 at 12:39 am

Hi Jackie,

A bed bug sniffing k9 team can be a helpful tool.

However, we have heard that the effectiveness of bed bug sniffing dog teams varies quite a lot. I also note that the effectiveness of human detection increases when the inspector has more experience and takes more time.

We also hear it is important for the dog handlers to verify the presence of bed bugs after a dog alerts, with a visual inspection.

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