Coronavirus Could Eradicate This Expensive Household Problem

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<p>Coronavirus has indelibly changed the way people live, from how we run errands to how—and where—we work. And while many of those changes have been less than well-received, one silver lining is that coronavirus may actually be the thing that <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>eradicates a common household problem</a> for good: bed bugs.</p>
<p><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Bed bugs are everywhere</a>, from private homes to retail stores to five-star hotels. According to the National Pest Management Association’s “Bugs Without Borders” report, 97 percent of pest specialists <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>treated a case of bed bugs in the past year</a>, with summer typically being the busiest season. Unfortunately, getting rid of them isn’t an inexpensive proposition—according to HomeAdvisor, it can cost as much as $5,000 to <a href=”,Bed%20Bug%20Extermination%20Costs,to%20clear%20a%20large%20house.” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>have an entire home treated for bed bugs</a>. However, with <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>indoor gatherings off-limits</a> in many states and many people avoiding hotels due to coronavirus, the risk of inadvertently picking up bed bugs and bringing them home has dropped dramatically.</p>
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<p>According to board-certified entomologist <strong>Natasha Wright</strong> of <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Braman Termite & Pest Elimination</a>, with many <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>hotel rooms and public spaces going unoccupied</a> for months at a time, this presents a unique opportunity for businesses to thoroughly tackle their existing bed bug issues—including using treatments that can’t be applied safely when hosting guests.</p>
<p>”Professional treatment is required to effectively eradicate these pests, and can consist of insecticide applications, heat remediation, or a combination of both, based on the severity and extent of the infestation,” Wright explains. “Since this takes the rooms being treated out of service for a period of time, low occupancy during the pandemic makes this a good time to get it done.”</p>
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<p>COVID-19 has also provided business the opportunity to make necessary repairs to spaces that will make it harder for bed bugs to go undetected.</p>
<p>”While rooms are empty for long periods, maintenance crews can get in and fix cracks and crevices or seal up openings that could possibly be used by bed bugs as hiding spots or harborage points,” says <strong>Chad Gore</strong>, an entomologist and Market Technical Director for <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Western Exterminator</a>.</p>
<p>While Gore notes that bed bugs can live up to a year without feeding, he says that the lack of human blood available to them at the moment may expose a critical weakness.</p>
<p>”Lack of access to a food source will stress the population, which generally makes them more susceptible when exposed to insecticides,” he explains. And if you’re wondering how your travel plans may look different after the pandemic, check out these <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>8 Things You May Never See in Hotel Rooms Ever Again</a>.</p>

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