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Tropical Bed Bug Making a Comeback


By Cathryn Jakicic Health Care Facilities

The tropical bed bug is making its first comeback in 60 years, according to an article on the Infection Control Today website.

A tropical bed bug has been confirmed in Florida and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is asking the public to send them samples of suspected bed bugs for identification.

There was resurgence of standard bed bugs in the late 1990s and 2000s and the same thing may be happening with the tropical bed bug. It hadn’t been confirmed in Florida since the 1930s and 1940s.

The tropical bed bug is similar to the common bed bug, which is found in all 50 states.

The first step to any integrated pest management program or control program is to properly identify the insect you are working with. Reducing clutter is the first step toward controlling the spread of common bed bugs.

Read the article.

 This Quick Read was submitted by Cathryn Jakicic, Healthcare Industries Editor, Facilities.net

 

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