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At the NPMA in Seattle- Washington- USA, the treatment options for bed bugs were updated.

Dr Dini Miller, Ph.D. Bed bug researcher- Virginia University- USA gave a brief history of bed bugs from post World War 2 where DDT was used. In the 1950s pest controllers described leaving the customers  rooms dripping wet with DDT. There was never a call back. Further they didn't have to spend time inspecting the room as the residual effect of DDT cleaned out the bed bugs over time as they moved around.

Times change and DDT was banned from being used as it was considered too toxic for humans.

Bed bugs started to make a come back in the 90s with increased air travel and also their resistance to popular chemicals. In the 90s the infestations in the USA were mild. Today the pest controllers in the USA commonly see severe infestations.

Dr Dini who collects live samples of Bed bugs for her research gave an overview of treatments used in the USA. She indicated a number of techniques are used to control bed bugs most of them being NON chemical treatments. These included treatments using temperature, vacuums, traps, sprays and different types of inert silicon dusts. She mentioned when covering the topics of sprays that recent study at Rutgers University showed an organic spray Ecoraider - free of chemicals- to be as effective as Temprid by Bayer. She mentioned in passing,  heating up the building or home as being currently studied in the USA,
but the results are not yet published.

Successful management of Bed bugs requires more than just a quick spray of chemicals- an inspection and plan for each customers situation needs to implemented and monitiored.

Mean while bed bugs spread continues, with their presence on planes becoming more common. Please see the article below from


"A disgusted passenger has slammed British Airways after he left his flight covered in more than 100 bed bug bites.

Paul Standerwick said the airline offered him a £50 (NZ$90) voucher by way of compensation for the July incident, which left him with scars all over his body.

He and his family were travelling from London Heathrow to Boston, and had already faced a 24-hour delay.

But the situation only became worse when Standerwick realised his seat was infested with bed bugs.

"A few hours into the flight someone tapped me on the shoulder and said: 'Just so you know - the people in those seats were moved because of bed bugs'," he told the Mirror Online.

"Apparently they had caught one and given it to the cabin crew for testing."

Standerwick said by the time they reached the hotel, he was covered in bites.

"They got really infected. Lots of pus. They were everywhere. On my neck, my back, shoulders and legs," he told the MailOnline.

"Where I was bitten lots of times in one place there was what looked like large bites the size of a 50 pence piece. If I had to guess I would say I was bitten well over a hundred times."

Standerwick said while he wasn't after compensation, he wanted a proper apology from the airline.

A British Airways spokeswoman said: "We have said sorry to our customers for their experience and appreciate it must have been upsetting.

"We work hard to provide the best possible experience for customers on our flights and we're sorry that on this occasion we haven't met our customer's expectations."

A British Airways plane was taken out of service in February after two bed bugs were found onboard.

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You can be assured of one thing, bed bugs are coming to you....soon.