Bed bug video featured on MSNBC

by nobugsonme on July 20, 2010 · 2 comments

in bed bugs

This Discovery News video about bed bugs was created back in May, but yesterday, MSNBC featured it on their website.

There are screenshots of Bedbugger and the Bed Bug Registry, the requisite bed bug footage and an interview with an entomologist (in this case, Mike Raupp of the University of Maryland’s Entomology Department).

The footage of the bed bug being squished with tweezers, and then walking away, is particularly horrific. Note: most people are able to crush and kill bed bugs with their bare hands. Do not let this footage disturb you. I suspect Sneaky Simes died off camera, shortly thereafer.

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1 Ken July 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm

When a well fed bug is squashed, it usually just becomes flat and rounder. I have seen them survive crushing. They may just heal – could be their sensitive organs are close to the head and the large abdomen is just a reservoir for your blood. So got to make sure they are really dead…
Also, I have found some sated individuals, actually many, that are up to 5/16 of an inch, well above the 1/6 of an inch size previously posted to this site, but where I live, this is no surprise.
Also, despite frequent spraying now, they do not abate at all, I suspect there is no spray that kills them unless sprayed directly on them or so poisonous that it cannot be around humans.
Superb is coming on 29 June to spray my room specifically, I will not the results.

2 nobugsonme July 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Ken,

It is not true that

there is no spray that kills them unless sprayed directly on them or so poisonous that it cannot be around humans.

Many sprays act as contact killers (kill on contact when sprayed directly).

Others are effective residuals, which will kill bed bugs that walk over them later. I believe these can be used safely in accordance with labeling instructions.

However, you have the best chance of eliminating this problem if a professional who is knowledgeable and experienced with bed bug treatment treats your home. Make sure the pest firm comes back at intervals of 7-14 days to retreat until the problem is completely gone. (Two weeks seems to be the standard time frame.)

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