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Bed Bug Extermination a Growing South Jersey Concern


Bed bugs have a history in the US that dates back to the earliest settlers.  By the late 1800’s the problem was overwhelming, bed bugs are mentioned as more than a nuisance in historical documents, ship logs and even literature. By the 50’s the use of DDT eradicated the problem in Europe and the US but they remained a problem for third world and developing countries. Today with international trade and travel on the rise, bed bugs have made a comeback.Part of the reason for the rise in the bed bug population here in South Jersey, is that many New Jersey residents have never even seen a picture of bed bugs. Most people would not recognize a bed bug bite in pictures either.





 bed bug bites, bed bugs, bed bug size

 what to look for on a mattress, bed bug blood and bed bug waste.




An even bigger reason that bed bug treatments are becoming more necessary is that people don't know the signs or symptoms to look for when they encounter an infestation. Therefor they unwittingly carry the bed bugs home with the from infested hotels and dorm rooms.

If  you suspect bed bugs, check the seems of the mattress for evidence. Look for shed exoskeletons, look for small pin prick size dark red/black specks of blood, this is bed bug excrement. You may even find a diseased bed bug or two. Live bedbugs will not be visible   on the bed during the day, they hide around the room in cracks and crevices. When they sense warmth and CO2 from humans they crawl toward the lure.


 Bed bugs typically feed for 5 to 10 minutes until they are engorged with blood. They typically eat about once a week. They live for about 5 months unless extreme outdoor temperatures kill them. Many bites appearing at one time usually means there are multiple bed bugs. A bed bug bite that has subsided can become re-inflamed up to ten days later, causing the victim to think they've been bitten again.


The good news is, as fast as the bed bug problem is growing, so is the development of the latest environmentally friendly technology that is available to deal with bedbugs. Gone is the single option of saturation with harsh chemicals. Cato Termite and Pest Control has adopted a new forward thinking  approach to bed beg control. This new integrative method incorporates the use of some chemicals along with an understanding of bed bug entomology as well as the use of a concentrated targeted heat source.


The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) recommends that homeowners hire a pest control professional licensed by the New JerseyDepartment of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). The NJDHS recommends an evaluation by a licensed professional to determine whether or not bed bugs are present, and to exterminate them if so. The following is a quote from their site."A careful inspection must be undertaken and all possible hiding places within infested and adjoining rooms examined. Once all likely sources have been identified, then an approved insecticide,should be applied to all harbourages."Cato uses the latest innovations when treating bed bugs. Our integrated pest management techniques incorporates the use of the latest heat equipment, minimal use of approved chemicals and knowledge of bedbug entomology.If you suspect you may have a problem with bed bugs, call Cato at 856 786 8008 to discuss your treatment options. .

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