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  1. Bed Bugs (
      "Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects about 3/16-inch long or the size of an apple seed. Swollen and reddish after a blood meal." 08-09

  2. Bedbugs Return (Christian Science Monitor)
      "Bedbugs were a rare sight in the US of the 1950s. A combination of strong pesticides and robust public education kept them at bay, making sightings relatively rare. However, some of the strong pesticides – such as DDT – that work best against bedbugs have since been banned."

      "What’s more, the few bedbugs that survived in that time developed some resistance against the most effective family of anti-bedbug pesticides, called pyrethroids." Visitors also call them bed bugs." 07-10

  3. Bedbugs Return (
      "All over the world, national and local governments are mobilizing strategies to control infestations of the resilient insects, which can hide in almost any crack or crevice--not just in houses and hotels but also in offices, churches, libraries and restaurants--and can go a year or more without eating. On Aug. 10, the EPA issued a consumer alert about off-label bedbug treatments, warning in particular of the dangers of using outdoor pesticides in homes." 09-10

  4. Finding Out If You Have Bedbugs (
      "Here’s an after-school science experiment gone right: researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey created a homemade bedbug trap using a cat-food dish, an insulated jug and some dry ice pellets." Editor's Note: Dry ice can cause burns and must be handled with care. 09-10

  5. Resurgence of Bedbugs Reported (CBS News)
      "The tiny reddish-brown insects, last seen in great numbers prior to World War II, are on the rebound. They have infested college dormitories, hospital wings, homeless shelters and swanky hotels from New York City to Chicago to Washington."

      "They live in the crevices and folds of mattresses, sofas and sheets. Then, most often before dawn, they emerge to feed on human blood." Visitors also call them bed bugs. 04-09

  6. Treating Bedbugs ( University of Kentucky)
      "Infested and infestation-prone bedding and garments will need to be bagged and laundered (120°F minimum) since these items cannot be treated with insecticides. Another effective and efficient option is to place clothing, toys, shoes, backpacks, etc., in a clothes dryer set at medium to high heat for 10 to 20 minutes. This will kill all bed bug life stages and can be done alone or in conjunction with laundering. " 09-10


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