CLEVELAND - Bed bug experts will have a seminar on March 24 to combat the parasites and exchange ideas.
"50, 60 years ago there were plenty of materials and chemicals available, not only to the professionals, but also to the public. They're just not out there," John Gedeon said. Gedeon runs the General Pest Control Company in Cleveland.
Gedeon will showcase his methods during the seminar. One device, called the Pack Tight, is a small heater. Users can place items inside the unit and cook it for 2 hours at 120 degrees. The extreme temperatures will kill the bed bugs.
Another device, called the Night Watch, simulates a human being. It gives off CO2, heats up, and even imitates a human scent.
Climb Up Interceptors are placed under the bed pegs and catch the bugs on their way in and out of the bed. If Gedeon finds bugs in these devices, you need treatment.
Lastly, Gedeon uses bed bug proof covers. The covers are zipped tight around the bed springs and mattresses to keep bugs from getting in, or out.
But even with the latest techniques, the bed bug problem continues to grow in Northeast Ohio.
"In the last 18 months, it has just gone geometric in terms of the spread of the bed bugs. It's like they've reached a critical mass and then just spread from there," Gedeon said.
The seminar titled "What's Working for Bed Bug Control: Practical Solutions to an Annoying Problem," in on Thursday, March 24 from 8 a.m. until noon at Brennan's Party Center, 1300 Triskett Rd., Cleveland, Ohio.
The event will feature "Nips" the bed-bug sniffing dog. Registration costs $30.