Taking the Bite out of Bedbugs
From Wicked Local Marion:
Virtually eradicated 50 years ago in the United States, entomologists say the flat, oval, reddish-brown, wingless blood sucking parasite, known by its Latin name of cimex lectularious, has slowly made its way back into our everyday lives, much to our discomfort.
Enter Michael Tache of Mattapoisett, an enterprising former international fish salesman, who latched onto the idea that there’s opportunity to be had in the opportunistic bugs. Tired of sitting behind a desk, in April of 2008 Tache traded in fish for dogs to start American K-9 Private Investigators Inc. to ferret out the yucky bugs for a price.
As I’ve written here before — I DETEST wingless, blood-sucking parasites. Kudos to Tache for finding a creative way to search out those evil freeloading vermin. We’d also like to commend him for the dogs he’s chosen to work with. According to Tache’s website his working dogs, Tracer, a Beagle, and Ace, a Beagle-Husky mix were both rescued from Florida dog pounds:
“They go from doggie death row to bedbug investigator,” Michael Tache said.
Bedbugs were believed to have been largely eradicated in the U.S. until recently. An increase in international travel combined with the bugs’ remarkable abilities to hide. As quoted in Wicked Local:
“They can fit in a crevice the size of a business card, they can hide behind baseboards, frames, mattresses, Tache said. “My dogs have actually could found bugs behind wall light switch plates, alarms clocks, and TVs.”
“The female is highly reproductive,” he said. “She can lay two to three eggs per day, and up to 400 in a lifetime. Normally, they live around seven months, but they’ve proven they can go into deep hibernation and come back later.”
They’ve made a strong — and unfortunate — comeback. From Tache’s website:
Until recently, they also were a rarity among pest control professionals. Bed bug infestations were common in the United States before World War II. But with improvements in hygiene, and especially the widespread use of DDT during the 1940s and 1950s, the bugs all but vanished. The pests remained prevalent, though, in other regions of the world including Asia, Africa, Central/South America and Europe. In recent years, bed bugs have also made a comeback in Canada and the United States.
Oh man…. now I’ve got to go change my sheets and check MY bed.