Govpro bedbug series follow-up: an expert weighs in
Govpro.com’s recent three-part series on bedbugs has generated some reader responses.
“Early detection before a bed bug infestation becomes established is critical to the over all success of any bed bug control program,” said consulting urban entomologist and bed bug expert Paul Bello, president of Atlanta-based PJB Pest Management Consulting.
Keeping tabs on the critters is crucial, added Bello. “Enacting a monitoring program is critical because it means you are being proactive in searching for infestations, or the early signs of one that is just beginning. By monitoring, you are able to identify the problem before it has a chance to increase to the point where people start reporting that they already have been bitten.”
Bello cites the bedbug problems at the Chicago Public Schools’ headquarters building (see the first installment in the Govpro. com bedbug series for information), where the district has finished treating all the floors of its building after an employee reported bites. “At this stage,” said Bello, “your trouble has already gained a foothold, just like the school headquarters that had to treat 20 entire floors.”
Bedbug infestations are no trivial matter, Bello told Govpro.com. “According to a recent report from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, bedbug allergic reactions are often untreated and misdiagnosed. For most people, bedbug bites may appear only as mildly itchy red marks. But those who are allergic can experience intense itching, swelling, redness, hives and blisters that can lead to infection. And, considering the immense growth rate of bedbug infestations across the country, there is no place for complacency anymore when it comes to seeking them out.”