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Anybody with a pulse has been hearing for years about the Bed Bug surge that has hit the New York Area. If you’ve been reading my blog you will already know about how Bed Bugs are very difficult to kill, how people who have Bed Bugs should call a professional experienced in killing Bed Bugs and one that doesn’t rely totally on pesticides but uses manual methods and uses proven freezing technology. All not new. Recently Popular Science magazine ran an article about Bed Bugs. It reiterates everything I’ve been saying in my Katz on Pests blog since its beginning. Bed Bugs are hard to kill and are becoming harder to kill with pesticides. That’ why KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL had been on the cutting edge of manual and alternative means for dealing with and killing Bed Bugs effectively and affordably.
Now the NEW news… which is rather unsettling. For years, public health experts and entomologists have been telling us and reassuring all of us that Bed Bugs were NOT a vector of disease. A “vector” means something that can spread diseases – like mosquitoes spread disease. But those assurances may be wavering. Bed Bugs may no longer simply give people itchy and unsightly bites and a case of the “heeby jeebies” but may indeed be vectors of diseases in people.
The National Pest Management Association just forwarded to KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL a “peer reviewed study” published by the CDC – Center of Disease Control regarding findings from a study conducted in Vancouver, British Columbia – that appears may change the health impact of Bed Bugs in society… and may make the Bed Bug frenzy of 2010 look tame. If indeed Bed Bugs are, or have become, vectors of disease… the urgency of treating for/killing Bed Bugs certainly becomes a health issue rather than a pest issue.
The Vancouver study, although admittedly small, suggested that Bed Bugs may be playing a role in the transmission of MRSA, (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) a highly resistant strain of bacteria that is resistant to most ordinary antibiotics. It is usually associated with hospitals in patients who have invasive surgery. In other words - it is a serious infection that is hard to cure. (Sounds like the perfect germ for Bed Bugs).
Anyway, it appears that MRSA is a common bacteria that lives on the skin of many people, and if it doesn’t get inside of us… we’ll be just fine because our skin protects us from so many “bad things”. The finding of the study shows three key things: (1) Bed Bugs appear to get the MRSA bacteria from our skin and the bacteria grows within the Bed Bug’s mouth. (2) When a Bed Bug bites a person, the Bed Bug leaves an unusually large amount of MRSA on and around the bite. (3) If and when someone scratches the bite site and creates an open sore, there is an abnormally high chance of allowing the MRSA to pass the natural protective properties of the skin.
Now, I can’t 100% say that Bed Bugs are indeed carrying MRSA and that they indeed are disease vectors, because the CDC is conducting further studies… but on the off chance that Bed Bugs might be a vector… is just more of a reason to take the TREATMENT of Bed Bugs more seriously and CALL A PROFESSIONAL experienced in killing Bed Bugs.
Don’t take chances with the health and well being of your family, friends, staff, and yourself. If you have Bed Bugs in your Home or Place of Business call KNOCKOUT PEST CONTROL – NOW!!
COMMENT BY: Angela Caruso – 5/27/2011
I recently received a news bulletin from you and was directed to this blog about bed bugs carrying and possibly transmitting diseases to people. As a landlord I found the information very scary yet extremely useful. I am taking a more aggressive stance than before in dealing with even the slightest hint of bed bug activity in any of the buildings I own. I was not aware of Knockout before, but I find your entire blog very useful and your website very informative. I already have a pest control company under contract, but I would like to look into switching to your commercial pest control services. You seem to know much more and use more advanced technology than company I use now. I look forward to future bulletins and blogs. Thank you for this free informative service you provide.
COMMENT BY: Greg-mania Brooklyn NY – 10/12/11
Is there any more news about bed bugs transmitting diseases? I haven’t heard about bed bugs being dangerous.
ARTHUR M. KATZ
The short biography
Arthur M. Katz is president of Knockout Pest Control in Uniondale which he founded in 1975, and which serves the New York metropolitan area.He is an expert in termite, bed bug, rodent, bird, carpenter ant and bee/wasp control. Katz is recognized as an innovator in the field of pest management, his company, Knockout was one of the first companies to be chosen by Dow AgroSciences to offer the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System commercially in 1995, and is the forerunner in the use of the electronic Sentricon detection technology. These systems offer property owners protection from termite infestation utilizing an environmentally responsible solution. It was important to Katz to be able to provide property owners with “green” sound alternatives. He is past president of the New York State Pest Management Association and is a past board member of the National Pest Management Association. Most recently, Knockout donated over $20,000 worth of termite prevention and protection to Nassau County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums for use at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
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