What feed on bugs other than blood sabotage in the apartment

They always appear suddenly, creep out of invisible cracks and also imperceptibly leave the room. Little red ears in the apartment are like creatures from the parallel world. In fact, it is. Somewhere out there, in the dark depths of the house, a thousand-strong ant colony swarms, lives its own life, sends scouts, sends expeditions for “provisions, ” reproduces. It was more difficult to fight with the insects occupying the human habitation than to master the cosmos and defeat fascism. But do not give up!

A confused “big world” before the organization and survivability of small, omnipresent insects

The low-lying red invader

The one whom in common parlance is called red morash, in the biological classification – ship or pharaoh ant. The insect is thermophilic, native to North Africa. It has long become a man’s companion, on ships settled all over the continents and found shelter in a human dwelling, where there is always a warm nook and feed.

Interesting! The royal name (“pharaohs”), tiny redheads received from Karl Linnaeus himself. For the first time insects were found in Egyptian tombs, where they either guarded the peace of the mummies, or ate them.

Outwardly redheaded murash is a tiny insect. The Taurus of the workers’ representatives of the family, namely, we see them in their apartments, reaches a length of only 1.5-2 mm against 4-9 mm in their forest and garden counterparts. Uterus slightly larger – up to 4 mm, but it is difficult to see, since the nest where it lays eggs is, as a rule, inaccessible to people – under the floors, behind the skirting boards, in the interstitial ceilings, even under the wallpaper.

Because of the small size of the insect, with the naked eye, we see only the light brown color of the outer covers. Under the microscope, you can see on the abdomen characteristic for the species dark bands. Eggs in shape are the same as in common ants, but three times smaller – about 0.3 mm in length.

Under the microscope, characteristic strips on the abdomen of a red ant

5 lifestyle features

No matter how we try to get rid of the murash, we can not completely destroy them almost never. Why – it becomes clear, based on the way of life of an insect.

  1. It is a synanthropic species of insects, that is, it co-exists in a kind of symbiosis with man. In warm countries it can settle outside the premises, but nearby to them, in cold ones – only in rooms, outside of which the heat-loving murash perish. Favorable environment – where there is always a plus temperature, dark, humid, inaccessible to people.
  2. Due to tropical origin, nature does not provide a period of hibernation. In winter, the activity of insects decreases somewhat, but does not cease completely. They continue to swarm, feed, reproduce, thanks to which for each year each family increases by several thousand individuals.
  3. In each ant family there are from 100 to 200 mature females. This ensures high fertility and survival. Firstly, each female lives up to 10 years and lays up to 500 thousand eggs for its life. Secondly, she does not leave the nest to establish a new anthill, as happens with their forest relatives. Thirdly, it is always inaccessible.
  4. Murashs, bred in an apartment, create diffuse nests. How are they different from an ordinary anthill? When the nest is full, a “branch” is created next to it. The network is interconnected, the uterus does not feud, the ants co-feed.
  5. The visible part of the anthill is no more than 10%. Detect and physically destroy the most easily working ants or foragers who recover from prey and pester people with their intrusiveness. The overwhelming majority (about 90%) of insects do not go to the surface – they look after their offspring.

It is clear that it is difficult to completely lime insects, but it is possible to create conditions in which uninvited neighbors leave themselves in search of a better life.

If this is only the visible part, then how should the whole anthill be?

Ways to combat domestic ants

  • The appearance of even single insects is an alarming signal and an incentive for the beginning of “military operations”. Perhaps it’s the scouts or the inhabitants of the new colony – do not allow them to multiply!
  • Do not rush to kill uninvited guests, first track the ant trails. They can detect the heart of the colony, headed by the uterus, especially if the nest is within the home.
  • Eliminate the source that attracts ants – open food or its remnants. Bulk products, bread keep in sealed containers, regularly take out the garbage, do not leave on the floor dirty dishes and the remains of pet food.
  • If you live in a block of flats, act together with other tenants. Otherwise, some insects will certainly survive and the colony will be reborn.

Professional disinsection

In search of a way how to get rid of the murash, more and more often resort to the disinsection of the home by specialists. This option, though the most expensive, but gives a 100% guarantee. Why?

  • Experts know where a network of nests can be located, and find them.
  • Use finely dispersed spraying of insecticides (steam, fog). The poison penetrates into microscopic cracks, overtaking the pest.
  • Apply drugs effective against adults, larvae and even eggs.
  • Correctly calculate the norms of chemicals, so as not to harm people and pets.

This method of struggle is indispensable in multi-apartment buildings, where, except for the dwelling itself, it is necessary to process the basement, attic, staircase, garbage collection and other “attractive” places.

In a private house, if insects have just appeared, an effective remedy for the murash is insecticides in the form of aerosols. Carefully sprinkle places where they noticed insects, skirting, crevices in floors, walls, space behind cabinets, batteries.

It’s great if you managed to identify the ant nest. Spray the pesticide and, after some time, vacuum the dead insects and the remains of the anthill. The air stream sucks all the larvae, eggs, even if they did not die under the influence of the drug.

Chemical pest control is effective if you know where to handle

If the nest can not be found, the aerosol will help a little, since it will destroy only the forage morash. In this case, you need something more ingenious.

Poisoned bait

For example, a poisoned lure of delayed action. The essence of the method is that worker ants not only feed themselves on poisoned food, but also feed their colleagues in an anthill, including the uterus. Another option – the application of a poisonous substance along the route of insects, so that they carry poison into the nest on the legs. The most popular drugs of this type:

  • insecticidal gels;
  • insecticide powder (dust);
  • pencil, crayon “Masha”.

But how to get rid of ants, for example, in the kitchen, where you do not want to put out dangerous drugs in the public domain?

“Delicious” sandwich is enough for the whole anthill

In this case, it is recommended to use special traps. In them, the bait is in the container. Having tasted it, the insect goes home, taking a piece of poisoned food with himself.

Advice! In many sources, Velcro traps are offered against ants. Checked out – the method is ineffective, as new and new foragers will replace the dead.

“Dedovye” methods

Our grandfathers, who do not have any chemical preparations, fought the red murash in simple but effective ways.

  • If you add a teaspoon of boric acid powder to a sweet solution (1 teaspoon of honey per 100 g of water), you get a “killer” liquid. It is treated with ant trails and places visited.
  • The insects do not like corn flour. Rather, they eat it with pleasure and even carry to the anthill, but can not digest, so they perish.
  • Similarly, pests are affected by ordinary baker’s yeast, which are diluted with sugar for efficiency, triggering the fermentation process. After eating them, the murash dies from the “frustration” of digestion.

As you can see, there are a lot of ways to get rid of the murash. The main thing is not to give up, to fight stubbornly and methodically. And even if all the insects do not die, they will bypass your apartment by the tenth way.

How dangerous are domestic ants, how to get rid of them:


Today we will talk about what a black cockroach is like. This species of pest is less resistant to insecticidal agents, as well as to aggressive environmental influences, because this species, in contrast to ordinary red cockroaches, has recently adapted to life near a person. For this reason, the black ram can be found in residential premises much less often than its red brothers, however, it still comes across from time to time.

How to get rid of black cockroaches

To combat eastern cockroaches, it is important to conduct a preliminary thorough examination aimed at determining the extent of infestation and finding places where black cockroaches can be sheltered. This procedure is especially useful in apartments and houses, where different degrees of insect dominance are observed, from moderate to severe infection.

After revealing unsanitary places that can serve as a source of insects, all possible efforts should be made to isolate them, for example, it is important to lay sealant around the perimeter of sewer pipes, in the places where they enter the apartment, and also tightly seal all the cracks in the walls under the sinks and bathtubs.

At the second stage, traps should be marked out where the path of the people’s cockroaches runs. As practice shows, the most effective places for this are spaces under the bathrooms, pipes, walls and in the corners. Of the commercially available traps it is better to use the bait in order to encourage cockroaches to sally, to which they react quite well.

Changing the interior of the environment for black cockroaches, will make its positive contribution to the fight against these insects. Packaging of food, exclusion of moisture and debris is the first step in the successful disposal of pests. We must not forget that it is necessary to completely prevent the penetration of insects into the space of kitchen cabinets, in spite of their general lethargy, these pests quickly find new ways of penetration in places where food is stored.

Eastern cockroaches can move to living quarters from the outside of buildings. A recent study was conducted on the movement of this species underground, in fact under the foundation, as well as in the walls of private houses, whose walls are lined with cinder blocks and timber. The result surprised, as the insects found their way where it seemed impossible to crawl.

In addition, their favorite way of penetrating the apartment is through water and sewer pipes, for example, through the underground, from under the door or cracks between the window frame and the doors. Of course, sealing these paths will help to prevent the population of these insects in a single residential area.

Features of chemical methods

Powder such as boric acid, silica airgel and diatomaceous earth can be used to treat voids and other ways of moving insects, such as cracks and crevices. Do not use powders on wet or damp areas, they should be applied in a thin layer, evenly distributed throughout the treated surface. Because too thick layers can induce black cockroaches to look for other ways of penetrating into a dwelling.

The perimeter treatment of the apartment with insecticide sprays can help in reducing the number of eastern cockroaches coming from the house outside. Sprayers should be applied so as to create a continuous barrier around the walls. Use only those drugs that are labeled for this method of use.

In general, it is worth noting that the use of aerosol sprays or moisturizers is of little importance in the fight against black cockroaches. In fact, these forms of the spread of chemistry will only help to disperse the cockroaches, which makes the process of their destruction difficult and time-consuming.

The use of poisonous substances can be an effective method of controlling the populations of this type of insects, up to their complete elimination. Lures containing hydramethylnon, fipronil, sulphuramide, boric acid, or abamectin should provide a high level of control when applied to areas where cockroaches occur most often. Care should be taken and follow the instructions on the label for use.

General description of black cockroaches

Cockroaches, as a genus, are one of the most common insects that have lived side by side with humans since ancient times. Fossil evidence suggests that the cockroaches were on Earth 300 million years ago. They are considered one of the most successful groups of the living world, able to survive in conditions in which even microorganisms can not exist, let alone higher beings.

As cockroaches quickly adapt to environmental conditions, they successfully live with such a capricious view of the living world as a person. About 3, 500 species of cockroaches exist all over the world, 55 of them live with man. In the Russian climate, only four species are common pests of our apartments. These are German, brown-tape, oriental and American cockroaches. The fifth species, the wood cockroach is an accidental nuisance in the southern latitudes.

As already noted, the most common domestic pest is red, or German cockroach. On the second place in the occurrence we have an eastern, or black cockroach, which received its second name for the characteristic black color of its body.

The eastern species is often called water or sewer cockroaches because of their preference for dark, wet and cold areas, such as places under the sinks, washing machines, and in damp cellars. This species, which is less cautious and more sluggish than others, causes concern, since its representatives are able to penetrate the rooms through sewers and live well on sewage.

Features of existence

The adult specimens of the eastern cockroach are about 2-3 cm long, strongly dark brown in color, almost black. Their bodies, as a rule, have some “fat” shine. Females own small, nonfunctional, rudimentary pads, represented by the rudiments of the wing and a wider, heavier body. Males have wings that cover only about three quarters of their abdominal part of the body. Fortunately, black cockroaches, like other domestic cockroach species, do not know how to fly.

Indoors, oriental cockroaches prefer dark, wet areas, mainly sewage, drainage pipes, dark, damp cellars. Also they can be found outdoors in closed cisterns and sewers, in courtyards under leaves; in wood mulch around shrubs, flowers and foundations. Also, there are many of them in heaps, crevices of stone walls, garbage cans.

Nymphs and adults move slowly enough and usually try to retreat to their shelters, located below ground level, at the first danger from outside. They are quite rare on the walls, in tall closets or on the upper floors of buildings. Sometimes a large number of pests concentrate around one large mass of leakage in the basement or creep in underground spaces of private houses.

In summer, black cockroaches usually prefer to be outdoors, especially in warm, humid weather, but during periods of drought they tend to take refuge in search of higher humidity. Hibernate insects in a warm pair of sewers or in the space of living quarters.

In the apartment, they first appear, calling on things they have previously infiltrated, or simply gather under the door. In multi-apartment buildings, they often visit through air ducts, garbage chutes or ventilation ducts.

Life cycle of a black cockroach

The black cockroach has three stages of development: an egg, a nymph and an adult. The eggs of the female are laid in the form of capsules that the expectant mother wears for about 30 hours after fertilization, and then drops them on the surface to be protected, near food. The female does not stick its egg caps on the surfaces, as do some other species of this kind of insect.

Females produce an average of eight capsules, each containing 16 eggs. The evaporation requires an average of about 60 days, at room temperature. Nymphs molt from seven to ten times, larval stages usually take in time from 24 to 130 weeks. The life span of an adult female is 5 to 26 weeks, during which time it will bring about 200 descendants.

Unlike other types of domestic pests, a black cockroach usually organizes a seasonal development cycle. The maximum number of adults usually appears in late spring or early summer. By the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, this number is getting much lower, due to natural mortality and hatching of nymphs.

Than the big black cockroaches are harmful

Eastern cockroaches eat all kinds of dirt, debris and other decomposing organic substances. They seem to be particularly fond of garbage and the contents of discarded cans. If water is available, they can live for a month without food, but without it they die within two weeks.

The most important harm about a black cockroach comes from its habit of eating and sheltering in damp and unsanitary places, such as sewage pipes, garbage pits, as well as kitchens, bathrooms and indoor food storage areas. As the life of insects, dirt from unsanitary sources extends to food, cooking surfaces, dishes, cutlery and other objects that are designed to be hygienically clean. Cockroaches pollute much more food than they can eat.

In addition, black cockroaches in the apartment produce odoriferous discharge from various points of their body. Such emissions can affect the taste of various foods and generally create an unpleasant and unappetizing smell in the room. When the populations of cockroaches are high, these secretions can lead to a characteristic disgusting smell, which has the property of clinging to clothing.

Various forms of gastroenteritis (food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea, etc.) are known to become major diseases transmitted by eastern cockroaches. Insects carry these pathogens on their limbs, digestive organs, and also deposit them on food, dishes and other places where they creep.

Cockroach excrement and old chitinous shells, which they, like other species, periodically drop as they grow, also contain a number of allergens to which many people exhibit very strong allergic reactions, such as skin rashes, lacrimation, congestion of the nasal passages, asthma and sneezing.


cover story

Des Moines’ bed bug issue is uncovered

By Jared Curtis and Amber Williams

Sheila Barnes is 81 and lives alone – or at least she thought she did. One morning in June 2010, she woke up in her Des Moines apartment clawing at her own skin with an unstoppable urge to itch.

When Barnes flipped on her lights, she discovered blistering boils covering her arms and legs. That’s when she – like 293 others in the Des Moines metro last year – discovered she was sleeping with bed bugs.

” When I found out what the problem was, I complained to the building manager right away, and he didn’t believe it was bed bugs – like I’m senile or something, or a liar,” Barnes huffed. “When I showed him the paperwork from my doctor, he got upset at me and said I must have brought them into the building. He wanted me to pay for the extermination!”

Barnes’ downtown apartment building, Prairie Field Manor, closed last summer after the infestation drove all 38 tenants out. Building Manager Bob Slummes eventually admitted that the building was infested with bed bugs but gave no apologies for blaming Barnes for the problem.

” She was the first one to have them, so they must have come from her,” Slummes said. “I don’t know what kinds of places the woman hangs out, but wherever it is, she brought her bugs back with her, and now all those people are out of a home, and I’m out a job.”

Pest problems

Prairie Field Manor was one of several buildings that encountered a bed bug infestation last year in Des Moines. Now they’re back, this time in full force, taking the Polk County Employment and Activism Agency (EAA) and the Des Moines House of Human Affairs (HHA) buildings as their latest victims.

” It was one thing to have them infesting apartment buildings downtown, but now that they’re attacking people at their places of work in our government buildings. We’re realizing this is a growing nuisance and a matter of public health and safety,” said Polk County Public Health Director Terry Tenkels.

Tenkels said the Polk County Public Health Department has already begun taking action against the spreading infestation. A year-long fight against the insects in 2010 afforded his department some experience in arming against the latest plague.

Last year, the department thought it had won the battle with the implementation of more modern pest control techniques after “traditional chemicals alone failed to work,” according to Chad Borkin, pest control expert with Best Pest Control in Ankeny.

” Insects are one of the fastest-evolving creatures in the word,” Borkin said. “Over the years, we’ve seen it with cockroaches, mosquitoes, head lice, and others. The traditional chemicals fail to work after the insect breed has built a tolerance against it.”

Almost exactly one year ago, Borkin and his crews started spraying and disinfecting residential units at Prairie Field Manor, as well as Chicanery Country Club on Army Post Road. Residents from both complexes were showing up at health clinics with diagnosed bed bug bite marks speckling their bodies.

” They’re sore and really itchy and irritating,” said Amanda Pocky, a former Chicanery Country Club resident. “It was hard to sleep at night – not just because of the irritating scabs all over my back and legs, but because I didn’t want to lay back down in my bed. Actually, I didn’t even stay in my apartment for two months before I eventually moved to the north side.”

Pocky said she’s sleeping better now, especially after winning a lawsuit against the owner of her former apartment building.

” I used that money to buy a Temper-Pedic and a vat of skin cream. And a few cartons of smokes, but don’t print that,” she said.

But employees at the EAA and at HHA have fewer choices when it comes to protecting themselves against bed bugs.

” It’s not like we can just stop coming to work,” said HHA staff member Emily Ackers. “If I did, I’d lose my job, and I’d end up begging for handouts on the other side of this counter, just like the people I see in line here every day.”

HHA was forced to close in order to eradicate the problem but re-opened in early January seemingly bug free, according to Linda Satira, Des Moines HHA spokesperson.

But this latest outbreak has administrators asking, “How did the bugs get here?”


Neither the HHA nor the EAA includes residential housing in the buildings. So how does a “bed” bug infestation break out at a business that closes nightly and is vacant of any sort of prey during the hours when the blood-feeding insects supposedly go looking for dinner?

In the Polk County EAA’s case in November, sabotage was the accusation. But public health inspectors who teamed up with pest control experts are certain HHA’s outbreak was accidental.

” Some dirt bag from the unemployment line probably came in here with them crawling around in their clothes or something,” said an irritated Satira, scratching at an apparent bug bite on her forearm. “Those people are lined up here for handouts every day of the week. You’re not writing this down, are you?”

In fact, HHA sees about 5,000 clients every day, several of whom are likely to fit the demographic of those in bed bug-infested dwellings, Satira said.

Administrators at two Des Moines health clinics that have also been plagued by the pest agree that Satira’s theory – though insensitive – is not at all unreasonable. In March, the Free-4-All Family Practice Medical Center, 2325 W. Nile Road, and Imslo Mental Health Clinic, 8494 Lost Way N., had to close specific units and call pest control. Like Satira and Akers, they also blame members of the public who come through the doors “already infested,” according to Imslo marketing director Les Smarts.

” We keep a clean, sterile facility here, but we can’t give everyone that comes looking for care a thorough body-cavity search to ensure they’re not carrying parasites through our doors,” Smarts said. “This has been an expensive problem that we’d obviously prefer to avoid. Closing down units for pest eradication means turning patients away who need care. This problem affects everyone.”

All involved agree that this infestation has gone on for far too long, but experts are now saying the problem may have only just begun. The insurgence of bed bugs is predicted to increase with warming temperatures outside. In fact, pest control experts have discovered that heat not only stimulates the insects, but attracts them.

” When the chemicals were no longer effective, we began experimenting with different extermination techniques,” Borkin said. “Bottom line – we’re going to nuke them.”

In January, Borkin and his team implemented a heating device called a Deet-Heat that draws the bed bugs out of hiding and into the machine that not only poisons the pests, but essentially nukes them like a microwave. The plan was to use the device to heat up the room, attract bed bugs to its incendiary core, “and then fry them,” Borkin said.

” The little suckers pop like popcorn,” Borkin laughed.

However, the otherwise effective technique back-fired at Prairie Field Manor last year, and Barnes’ plight worsened as a result.

” I didn’t even know they were starting it. I was in my bed sleeping, and it started getting really hot in my room,” Barnes said. “I woke up in a sweat, and there were bugs crawling out of my hair and down my forehead! I could feel them coming out of my ear and racing through my eyebrows!”

Barnes said she fled the apartment screaming, slapping bugs off her arms and legs, which only added to the problem, according to Borkin.

” When they start to leave the crevices of your body, you’ve got to remain calm,” Borkin advised. “Let them crawl off of you and toward the Deet-Heat. It’s all part of the eradication process.”

Borkin said Barnes’ kneejerk reaction caused more bed bugs to fling into the hallway of the apartment complex, multiplying the infestation by thousands before the day was up.

” It took us two weeks to rid that entire building of bugs using the Deet-Heat, but we got them all. At least, I think so,” Borkin said.

The aftermath

Although the Deet-Heat product worked in the beginning, officials found more bugs hovering around the machines, rather than going inside for incineration. After some studies, Borkin discovered that instead of going into the extreme heat, the bedbugs were salivating outside as chemical radiation was released from the machine. The bugs were catching their high without death. That’s when things went really wrong.

” At first it worked, but then it didn’t,” Borkin said. “We took a few of the bugs back to the lab, and that’s when we knew we had a problem.”

The radiation from Deet-Heat overwhelmed the bugs’ bodies, and soon they began to grow. Within a few days, the inch-sized bugs began to expand, and within a few weeks, the bugs were too big for their containment cage. They were becoming aggressive and biting anything that came into contact.

” It was a bad scene before we put them down,” Borkin said. “I had employees that were scared to come to work. We thought we had the problem solved, but actually we made it worse.”

As the pest control experts transported the specimens to entomologists for tests in Minnesota, they came back with unexpected results.

” When they reached a certain size – I would say about the size of small dog -their pincers started falling off,” said Dr. Jackie Meoff, a registered entomologist and a professor at Waseca (Minn.) Community College. “After some tests, we discovered the radiation was poisoning their pincers and causing them to literally rot off. It’s good that we won’t have massive bugs scurrying around attacking people with the pincers, although they can still bite.”

But Dr. Meoff has a more grave concern than the bugs biting.

” When their pincers eventually fall off, it smells like, well, shit,” he said. “I’d rather just have the damn things pinch me than have to smell that.”

As local pest control officers worked overtime trying to destroy every last bed bug they could find, the local animal rights group Fighting Against Radical Termination (F.A.R.T.), wasn’t having it. Members were collecting bugs and storing them in an abandoned facility south of downtown Des Moines.

” These bugs are breathing, living things and should be treated humanely,” said Fonda Dix, president of F.A.R.T. “They can be easily captured and have caused us no harm. If they do need to be destroyed, there has to be a better way to do it than a bunch of pest guys walking around with clubs and bats, smashing them to death.”

While F.A.R.T. continued its work, another group joined the cause.

” As the bugs lose their pincers, they become more docile and even friendly,” said Debbie Stevens, spokesperson for the Iowa Bug Rescue League (BRL). “We’ve been training them, and they have become very loving. We have some that can sit and stay, as well as a couple who are already playing fetch. These bugs are easy to house train, and you won’t find a better cuddle buddy anywhere. It gives the name ‘bed bugs’ whole new meaning.”

The two organizations quietly joined forces to help introduce bed bugs as household pets.

” These bugs are just like any other pet – you have to feed them, bathe them and take them out for exercise, especially the exercise because they get a little wound up without a walk,” Stevens said. “We encourage everyone to have the bugs’ teeth removed and spayed or neutered before they take them home.”

However, when a handful of homeowners took the bugs in as pets, things started going wrong. One bug owner had to be taken into quarantine for tests and later died. Officials would not release the victim’s name.

” A woman was brought to us by a local hospital with complaints of abominable pain,” said Dr. Meoff. “We did an X-ray and found that she had a bug growing inside her.”

Meoff said the woman admitted to doctors that she bought the bug from an unlicensed pet owner after her cat had passed away. Living on a limited income, she claimed she did not have the funds to buy another dog or cat, so she chose a bug. She unknowingly bought an unneutered species, and it wasn’t long before she became emotionally attached to it, even going so far as letting it sleep at the foot of her bed, according to doctors.

” She thought she was just having erotic dreams, not being penetrated by a bed bug,” Dr. Meoff said. “It was awful. We tried to do everything we could to comfort her. But when the bug was ready to be born, it was chaos.”

Dr. Meoff describes a scene straight from the 1986 motion picture “The Fly.”

” Within an hour, the woman and her bug baby were both dead. We thought we could save the baby, but it died quickly after birth,” he said. “The bug ate her from the inside out.”

Although this is the only incident on record, Borkin is certain additional cases have gone unreported.

” I told these people that this was a bad idea from the start, but those bug rights people are tough. And I’m pretty sure under the guise of being politically correct, they led this poor woman to her doom,” Borkin said. “I’m guessing people heard about this and are hiding. Obviously a woman died, but that was the first time. Like anything, people and bugs will adapt over time, and we are heading down a slippery slope.”

Meanwhile, the bugs are still out there, available as pets.

” Forget how all the animal lovers are whining about rights and freedoms; we need to kill them all,” Borkin said. “I don’t want to be overrun by bugs.”

” There are always problems that pop up over pet ownership, but this woman who died obtained a bug illegally, without all the proper shots and vaccinations,” she said. “I can assure you, as long as you properly care for your bug, you’ll live a happy and full life together. I think they could eventually replace dogs as man’s best friend.”

For people who have been bitten, turning bed bugs into pets is the last thing they’d like to see happen.

” Bed bugs for pets? Baloney!” Barnes said. “F.A.R.T can kiss my bed bug-bitten butt. Nuke them all, I say.” APRIL FOOLS

Pest control expert, Chad Borkin, with Best Pest Control of Ankeny, attempts to use traditional chemicals to eradicate the bed bug problem in Des Moines but says the insects are growing immune. Special to Cityview

Dr. Jackie Meoff says bed bugs have a deadly potential. He’s an expert entomologist at a Waseca, Minn. animal laboratory. Special to Cityview

Amanda Pocky was one apartment-dwelling victim of the Des Moines bed bug infestation last year. This was a photo taken by her boyfriend with a cell phone one morning when she woke up. Special to Cityview


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