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Bedbugs Are On The Rise

Bedbugs in Massachusetts will always be found in places where people congregate, because it is a parasite, which exists exclusively on human blood. Because it is important that they extend their “visits” as long as possible, they at in ways that makes them as unnoticeable as possible. Although they are not necessarily nocturnal, they are generally active at night (in the absence of light). This is why they are known as bedbugs is that they carry out their nightly forages where the humans are at night.

Although the presence of bedbugs Massachusetts can be difficult to detect, particularly if you are not looking closely, there are definite signs that are clear to the trained eye (if not the trained nose). As bedbugs become numerous, they tend to leave behind eggs that appear as small black spots (almost like tiny sesame seeds). These can be noticeable in dark areas such as underneath the wood in clothing cabinets or in bed sheets. It is said that this is the origin of the common practice of vigorously shaking off bed sheets the first thing each morning. In addition, in each stage of their development, they emit a particular scent. Apparently, this scent resembles the odor of rotting raspberries. Specially trained dogs are adept at detecting the presence and location of bedbugs through this scent, and have been said to be able to pinpoint bedbugs to within 97.5% accuracy. Although this is an arguable statistic, the industry generally accepts that a pest control agent can detect bedbugs in Massachusetts with a trained dog in a matter of minutes whereas his human companion would probably take an hour or more.

Traditionally, bedbugs in MA have been eradicated with pesticides, including pyrethroids, dichlorvos, and malathion. The effectiveness of these methods has reduced the instances of bedbugs worldwide from the 1930s to the 1980s, to the point where many felt that they were working toward a permanent solution. However, since the 1980s, the occurrence of bedbugs has been on the rise. This may be partly due to a developed immunity to the pesticides. Unfortunately, these same pesticides have been suspected of causing health issues for the humans they were designed to protect. Recently, some non-pesticide solutions have been attempted, including the introduction of natural predators such as the masked hunter insect into infected areas.

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