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Update on Diatomaceous Earth (DE) for Bed Bugs

In this video Jeff will update everyone on a new study on the effectiveness of diatomaceous earth and the current thinking about how well it works on bed bugs.  For years lab and field studies have suggested that DE is a suitable dust for addition to a treatment protocol for bed bugs.  A recent study by the University of Kentucky which used DE as a stand-alone tool in an attempt to control bed bugs did not find positive results on its effectiveness.  While these findings were enough reason for Jeff to change BedBug Central's protocol from using DE to Cimexa dust, he does not think it's a reason to state that DE does not work for bed bugs.  We have known all along that DE is not a tool that should be used by itself to control bed bugs.  It has always been recommended that it is used with other tools and the study by the University of Kentucky confirms this.  While it is Jeff's position that there may be other low-impact dusts that may provide better results with bed bugs, if DE is used with other pesticides as part of a comprehensive bed bug protocol other studies have suggested it can have positive effects.

DIY Bed Bug Monitor - Sugar/Yeast Carbon Dioxide Trap

In this episode Jeff will demonstrate how to set up the sugar/yeast carbon dioxide trap for bed bugs.  This do-it-yourself bed bug monitor was developed at Rutgers University and has been show to be highly effective at collected and monitoring for bed bugs.  The trap uses a 4 gallon container with 150 grams of active dry yeast, 750 grams of sugar and 3 liters of warm water (100o F).  Place all 3 ingredients into the container and stir for 5 minutes or until completely dissolved.  Place the lid back on top of the container and this mixture should generate about 1.5 human expiration worth of carbon dioxide for at least 8 hours.  It is best to be set in a vacant room but will work in rooms that are occupied.  The mixture should be placed on top of interception devices such as the textured dog bowls shown in the video.  After a night of monitoring, the ingredients of the trap can be disposed of accordingly and the interception devices inspected for the presence of bed bugs.  For more information on bed bugs visit BedBug Central at www.bedbugcentral.com or Rutgers University's Extension site at http://njaes.rutgers.edu/bedbug/

Bed Bugs, Kissing Bugs and Chagas Disease

Follow Jeff @JWhiteBBTV  - In this episode Jeff will talk about bed bugs, kissing bugs and Chagas disease.  From a bed bug perspective, they have not been shown to have the ability to transmit any diseases.  Even though bed bugs and kissing bugs are distantly related, bed bugs cannot transmit Chagas disease and it should not be a concern to anyone watching this video.  The incidence of Chagas disease and the prevalence of kissing bugs in the United States is the focus of research being conducted by Texas A&M university.  It has long been known that kissing bugs and Chagas disease exist near the US/Mexico border but reports are on the rise in areas north of this.  Kissing bugs typically bite around the eyes and mouth and commonly transmit the disease by defecating in the open would that was created by the bug feeding on the human.  A larger risk than humans may be the risk of transmission to dogs living in kennels and other outdoor areas.  For more information on the topic please visit Texas A&M's website  http://vetmed.tamu.edu/faculty/hamer-lab/projects/chagas-disease-eco-epidemiology or e-mail Texas A&M at kissingbug@cvm.tamu.edu

Bed Bugs in Schools - College

In this episode Jeff will discuss a few easy steps for college students and their parents to reduce the chances that you encounter bed bugs in college and university settings.  Although it is unlikely that you encounter bed bugs on a college or university campus, there are a few easy steps that you can take to further reduce any chance of an unwanted encounter.  The most important advice any college student can receive about possible bed bugs in their room is to tell someone within the campus staff if you think you may have an issue.  Reporting any issue as early as possible will reduce the likelihood that the infestations spreads to other rooms and will make eliminating the infestation much easier in the long run.  Interception devices and bed encasements are good ways to further protect your bed against these unwanted invaders as well as provide you the ability to detect infestations early on (remember to check with campus staff about encasing college or university mattresses).  For parents, providing your student with dissolvable laundry bags (or simple garbage bags) so that laundry can easily be transferred into a hot wash cycle upon returning home will reduce the chance that bed bugs are introduced into the house.  .  Interception devices and bed encasements are good ways to further protect your home against these unwanted invaders as well as provide you the ability to detect infestations early on.  Lastly, portable heating devices can be an advanced form of protection to heat treat any unlaunderable items and kill and bed bugs and their eggs that may be present on them. 

Bed Bugs in Schools - Grade School

In this episode Jeff will discuss a few easy steps that you can take to reduce the chance that your child brings bed bugs home from school.  Tupperware containers and Ziploc bags can be easy ways to isolate backpacks and other belongings when your child returns home prevent bed bugs from infesting your house.  Interception devices and bed encasements are good ways to further protect your home against these unwanted invaders as well as provide you the ability to detect infestations early on.  Lastly, portable heating devices can be an advanced form of protection to heat treat any unlaunderable items and kill and bed bugs and their eggs that may be present on them. 

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