15 years of bed bug risk management: What we’ve learned
By John Culotta
For pest management professionals (PMPs) who have been fighting bed bugs, it may seem as though these pests were new to the scene 15 years ago. But bed bugs have been a household pest for more than 3,300 years, dating back to ancient Egypt. It wasn’t until the 1950s that they were all but eradicated in the United States, thanks to new pest control treatments and widespread use of washing machines and vacuum cleaners.
As PMPs know all too well, bed bugs made a resurgence around the turn of the 21st century. The reasons for this are varied, from bans on certain pesticides to increased travel by Americans to pesticide-resistant bed bugs.
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