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Las Vegas Holds Steady in Battle Against Bed Bugs

September 7, 2010

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - One of the memories of summer 2010 won't be that fond - at least for Nevadans who have been trying to rid their homes and businesses of bed bugs. Some U.S. cities are seeing major increases in bed bugs this year, but Gregg Wears, environmental health supervisor with the Southern Nevada Health District, says Las Vegas seems to be holding steady, averaging only about two new bed bug reports each week.

Bed bugs don't carry any known disease, but Wears says they sure can mess with your quality of life.

"They are terribly annoying and uncomfortable in that they cause an itch at the bite site, which can cause a person to break out or have a reaction."

Young bed bugs are about the size of a poppy seed and adults are about a 1/4 inch long. Wears urges anyone spotting an infestation to contact their local health district and a pest control professional.

Some hotels on the strip are unwilling to gamble when it comes to the pesky critters, so they now use bed-bug sniffing dogs as an extra precaution, Wears says.

"They can respond to the scent of blood in a bed bug, react and spot it, and alert their handler to the fact that there is something to investigate."

Bed bugs are making a comeback for many reasons, according to Dini Miller, a national pest expert and associate professor of Urban Pest Management at Virginia Tech. She says it's due to increased travel, an overall lack of awareness and the stigma surrounding these hard-to-eliminate pests.

"We don't think twice about putting our bag in the seat next to us if we go to the movies, or about storing our son's or daughter's college furniture in our basement. These are all ways that bedbugs can get into the home."

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV