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More Bed Bug Misery Predicted for 2014

Despite greater public awareness and more aggressive educational programs, national bed bug experts are predicting a bumper crop of bed bug infestations next year. All the publicity bed bugs receive, while designed to make people more alert to bed bug risk, may actually be part of the problem.

Like the fable about the little boy who cried wolf too many times, the flurry of “panic button” press reports that accompany even minor bed bug sightings seems to have inured people to the presence of these blood-feeding insects. Instead of increasing public vigilance, the constant bombardment of bed bug publicity has made bed bugs part of the everyday landscape. Like ants and cockroaches, people know bed bugs are around; but few people are taking active precautions to prevent contact with these annoying insects.

While it’s true that bed bugs do not transmit disease, no one who has weathered a bed bug infestation would call these insects harmless. Bed bug bites can be painful and intensely itchy, sometimes leading to skin infections; but the real damage bed bugs do is emotional. Knowing that bed bugs are crawling on your skin and feeding on your blood while you sleep is like being trapped in a Stephen King horror story.

Heritage Pest Control bed bug experts urge New Jersey residents to remain vigilant and call us at the first sign of bed bugs.

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