Good Question: Why the recent explosion in the number of bed bug cases?

You've seen the headlines, it seems bed bugs are becoming main stream news these days.

Recently a school in Russell County had to deal with the problem.

Good Question: Why the recent explosion in the number of bed bug cases?

They are creepy, crawly and to most just plain gross!

Bed bugs seem to be making their presence known all around the country.

A recent list ranked the worst cities, New York City came in at number one, but our neighbor to the north Cincinnati was fourth on the list.

In Kentucky Louisville ranks 13th.

"It will get worse before it gets better," said Professor Ken Haynes with the UK Department of Entomology.

Professor Haynes says the bed bug population has exploded in the last decade.

Once really only inhibitors of hotels and apartment complexes, they've now spread to new types of places.

"Office buildings, movie theatres and hospital, college dorms," said Haynes.

In fact, now there is a website to track them, allows people to post bed bug sightings.

For example, you can check hotels in your area and then look to see if you might have company.

But why the recent explosion, Professor Haynes has a theory and it comes in the way we fight them.

"The population we are seeing now across the country, 90% plus are resistant to insecticides that we are using for some of the predominant insecticides we use for pest control," said Haynes.

Haynes says until more efficient products are developed, bed bugs may be here to stay!

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