Up Close: Bed Bugs

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August 22, 2010 9:08:56 AM PDT
Bed bugs have made a return with a vengeance this summer in New York City and beyond. Experts are baffled by the resurgence of the tiny reddish-brown insects that feed off human and animal blood, their bites often leaving red welts.

Entomologists say the pests are appearing on a scale not seen since before World War II and cite increases in global travel and the elimination of certain chemicals, like DDT, that were once used to treat bedbugs, as possible factors contributing to the upsurge.

The Environmental Protection Agency even hosted its first bedbug summit in April.

Diana Williams and her guest discuss this issue on Up Close. Among her guests, For Roscoe the bed bug detective from Bell Environmental. (http://www.bell-environmental.com)

Click here to see the Nina Pineda 7 On Your Side report on bed bugs featured on Up Close.

If you have a bed bug problem, please contact us by clicking here.

Additional resources below:

EPA Bed Bug Summit
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppdc/bedbug-summit/index.html

Centers for Disease Control
http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/Topics/bedbugs.htm

How to get rid of bed bugs
http://www.orkin.com/other/bed-bugs/

Health advice from the Mayo Clinic
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bedbugs/DS00663

See bed bugs? Here's where to report them.
http://bedbugregistry.com/

General info about bed bugs
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/bedbugs/


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