Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Arthro-Pod EP 55 Bed bugs strike back!

Howdy, howdy bug lovers! Today, the Arthro-Pod gang return to talk more about bed bugs! We know that they aren't the favorite insect of  most people, but they are an important pest that deserves discussion! 

Last episode was all about trying to avoid bringing bed bugs home with you after holiday travel and today's is all about managing populations if you do have an issue. We cover heat treatments, using insecticides, why monitoring tools help, and even bed bug management on a budget. Tune in to hear all about it!

Bed bugs can be up to 1/4 long when mature and engorged with blood, Photo by Jody Green

Show notes

Bed Bud Interceptors by Mike Merchant from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Insects in the City. 

Articles about using interceptors:


Infestations are not limited to beds. Individuals who sleep on recliners or sofas can be bitten and have infested furniture. 

Products Mentioned:

Aprehend - biological pesticide - Beauveria bassiana

Cirkil - Plant-based biopesticide - Neem Oil

Natural product - Geranoil, Cedar Oil (with university research supporting efficacy)

Bed Bug Field Guide App from Ohio State


Video about Home Fumigation for bed bugs from Douglas Products