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Why Billions of Bed Bugs are Biting

Written By: Alan Caruba  |  Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

After decades during which bed bugs were a rare event, they now make headlines infesting places from the Jersey City Goldman Sacks building to a Victoria's Secret shop on New York's Upper East Side, along with dormitories, apartments and homes throughout the nation.

The bed bug explosion is more related to the loss of the means to exterminate them than the bugs themselves. The bed bugs are doing what all insect populations do; they are reproducing by the billions. On August 10, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a "consumer alert" whose sole purpose was to continue its drumbeat of fear regarding any use of pesticides and to imply that pest control professionals could not be trusted to help one rid themselves of this ubiquitous pest.

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