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Why Bed Bug Infestations Are Becoming More Frequent Within Louisiana Homes

While bed bug infestations only started to reemerge a couple of decades ago, most people have now accepted the insects as an ineradicable source of human suffering on this planet. The bugs were largely absent from homes and buildings for nearly a half century, but each year sees a significant increase in infestations all over the United States, and this is especially true within New Orleans. The city saw an 89 percent increase in bed bug infestations within homes between 2008 and 2009.

New Orleans usually makes the top 50 list of various professionally compiled lists of the most bed bug-infested cities in the country. Pest control professionals are reporting a massive increase in annual bed bug infestation rates in areas where people share close living quarters, such as hotels, apartments and condos. In fact, one local pest controller claims that New Orleans is seeing a particularly significant increase in annual bed bug infestations due to the dense clusters of both apartments and businesses where human traffic is abundant and never ceases. The city is also a major transportation hub that receives large amounts of tourists from all over the world, and this explains why the bloodsucking insects are becoming a serious problem within the city’s hotels.

Not long ago, Mavis Early, the executive director of the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association claimed that her organization is working closely with the health department and local hospitals in an effort to reduce the rate of infestations occuring in the city. She also claimed that it is now customary to issue all hotels and even small motels with bed bug-education DVDs as required viewing for hospitality employees. Luckily, New Orleans is not seeing bed bug infestation rates as high as those in New York City, Boston and Los Angeles, but experts are pessimistic about the possibility of seeing a decrease in local bed bug infestation rates.

Have you ever encountered a bed bug, or several, within a business?

A Louisiana Man Is Charged With Arson After Setting Fire To His Mattress As An Extreme Form Of Bed Bug Eradication

Experiencing a bed bug infestation within a home is every homeowner and tenant’s worst nightmare. Although bed bugs cannot spread disease to humans or inflict structural damage to a home, the insects are notorious for biting people, resulting in itchy and swollen bite wounds. Unfortunately, bed bugs are too tiny to be immediately noticed within a home, making itchy welts on skin the typical first sign of a bed bug infestation. Also, bed bugs inject a saliva into people’s bloodstream when they bite. This saliva acts as an anesthetic, preventing bite victims from knowing when they are being bitten. It is not until later that the bite wounds begin to itch and become irritated. For one man in Metairie, the biting bed bugs infesting his mattress were too much to tolerate. However, instead of contacting a pest control professional, the man decided to carry out his own bed bug eradication strategy. This strategy involved the use of heat to eradicate bed bugs. Or, to be more specific, the man lit his mattress on fire in order to kill the bed bugs in his home once and for all. This man likely acted on impulse in response to weeks of sustaining bed bug bites, as he lit his mattress on fire while the mattress was still in his bedroom. As a result of this man’s actions, he was arrested and charged with negligent arson.

Charles Jones was arrested on March 7th in Metairie by deputies with the Sheriff’s Department for lighting his mattress on fire within his apartment bedroom, putting all other residents of the building at risk of being caught in a wild blaze. Not only that, but Jones fled the apartment building after lighting his mattress on fire. Luckily, due to flame retardant chemicals within the mattress, Jones’ ill-conceived plan did not work. The fire damage was limited to Jones’ bedroom, but his foolish act earned him a charge of negligent arson with the possible risk of endangering human life. If convicted, Jones faces up to three years in prison and a $3,000 fine.

Do you think that government programs should be enacted to assist lower-income individuals and families with bed bug control services?

‘Tis the Season for Bed Bugs on the Move

J&J Exterminating urges travelers to watch out for hitchhiking pests this holiday seasonLouisiana Bed Bug Control

As Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, Americans will be making travel plans to celebrate with relatives and friends, both near and far. With the increased amount of travel occurring during the next couple of months, J&J Exterminating reminds travelers to be on the lookout for signs of bed bugs in order to avoid spreading these hitchhiking pests—or, even worse, bringing them home.

According to a 2015 survey from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and University of Kentucky, bed bugs aren’t going anywhere. Nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of pest control professionals reported that bed bug infestations continue to rise, and three-fourths (74 percent) reported encountering infestations in hotels and motels.

Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to manage. These resourceful bugs can easily hitch a ride in suitcases, on clothing and in other human belongings, allowing them to spread quickly and infest homes, transportation systems, offices and any other place where people gather.”

J&J Exterminating offers the following tips for avoiding bed bugs while traveling:

  • Pull back hotel bed sheets and inspect the mattress seams for stains, spots or bugs. Also check behind the headboard and in sofas and chairs.
  • Immediately notify management of any signs of bed bugs and ask for a new room. Ensure the new room is not adjacent and/or directly above or below the original room.  Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through walls via electrical sockets.
  • Place luggage in a plastic trash bag or protective cover during the duration of the trip to keep bed bugs out.
  • Upon returning home, inspect luggage before bringing it inside and vacuum cases thoroughly before putting them away.
  • Dry all fabric items (even those that have not been worn) in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes to ensure any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers or closet.

If bed bugs do find their way into your home, do not attempt to deal with the infestation on your own.  We’ve seen too many people put themselves in dangerous situations while trying to eliminate a bed bug problem. For peace of mind, it’s best to call a professional for an assessment and treatment.

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J&J Exterminating offers tips to avoid bed bugs during upcoming travels

Summer is officially here, which means millions of Americans are eagerly gearing up for vacation. However, before hitting the road to enjoy some rest and relaxation, J&J Exterminating a pest management company servicing Louisiana and Tyler, Texas encourages travelers to learn and practice bed bug prevention tips to help avoid bringing home these unwanted souvenirs.

Bed bugs can turn a relaxing vacation into a nightmare, especially if they return home with you. Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to control, but taking precautions, such as inspecting hotel rooms, beach rentals and cabins prior to settling in, is a critical first step in helping travelers avoid coming into contact with these blood-sucking pests.

Keep these tips top-of-mind when traveling this summer:

  • Thoroughly inspect the entire hotel room or rental before unpacking, including behind headboards, and around the bottom of cushions and seams of other furniture.
  • Pull back bed sheets and inspect mattress seams and box springs, particularly the corners, for pepper-like stains or shed bed bug skins.
  • Use a large plastic trash bag or a protective cover to store your luggage during your stay.
  • Do not place luggage on upholstered surfaces. The safest place is typically in the bathroom in the middle of a tile floor or on a luggage rack after it has been thoroughly inspected. Do not use a luggage rack if it has hollow legs, where bed bugs may hide unseen.
  • If any pests are spotted, notify management and change rooms or properties immediately. If staying in a hotel, be sure your new room is not adjacent to the possibly infested room.
  • When you return home, inspect and vacuum your suitcases thoroughly before bringing them into the home. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which will kill any bed bugs.
  • Wash all your clothes – even the items not worn – in hot water or dry on high heat.


If you suspect that bed bugs may have hitchhiked a ride into your abode, contact a licensed pest professional to recommend a course of treatment.

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