They’re Back: Bed Bugs What You Should Know About Them

Bed Bugs—Yuck! But they’re a problem we can’t ignore. Did you know that bedbugs have been around since ancient times? In the 1990s, archaeologists found fossilized bed bugs while excavating a 3,550-year-old site in Egypt. In the 1940s, DDT, a pesticide used to kill typhus and malaria carriers, proved very effective against bed bugs, and their numbers dwindled for almost 30 years. But the Environmental Protection Agency outlawed the chemical for its health and environmental effects. Other insecticides that had helped quell the bed bug epidemic, were banned for similar reasons in the 1980s. The bad news is that since the 1980s the bedbug infestation has made a world-wide comeback, nourished in part by international travel. The good news is that bedbugs are more of nuisance than a health hazard.

Tobin Evans, a pest inspector with more than 15 years of experience will be on hand to inform you how these pesky critters breed and spread; how to limit your exposure to bedbugs; how to look for them when traveling (and at home);and to answer any questions you may have.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
9:30 a.m.

Please RSVP by calling (510) 238-3284, or stop by the Reception Desk and sign up. Light refreshments will be served with coffee.

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