For Release September 28, 2010
Updated October 11, 2010
Bed Bug Information Resources from UT Extension
and the national network of land grant universities, eXtension
They’re Back! Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite
“Good night. Sleep tight. And don’t let the bed bugs bite.” What many of us grew up thinking was a funny goodnight wish, is once again a genuine expression of well being. Little did we know that there ARE bed bugs and they DO bite.
A generation of people have never seen bed bugs and didn’t realize that they really exist. They are back in a big way, and they are beating out Lindsay Lohan for media attention. They’ve now been found in hotels, hospitals and homes in Tennessee, and America’s city, New York, has what many are calling a major infestation. Here are some resources to help you understand bed bugs, how to prevent them and what to do if your home becomes their next abode.
Bed Bugs Making a Comeback in Tennessee, Too!, by Dr. Karen Vail, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture urban entomologist
Beware of Recycled Furniture in Battle Against Bed Bugs
from the national network of land grant universities, eXtension
Bed Bug Web Sites, references from Dr. Karen Vail, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
If you suspect bed bugs have invaded your home and need to be sure, contact the UT Institute of Agriculture Soil, Plant and Pest Identification Center or visit your local county UT Extension office for assistance with identification.
Homeowners should be aware that bed bugs, while irksome, are not presently known to spread disease. They are, however, difficult to eradicate. Professional exterminating services are recommend if an infestation is confirmed.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture's online list of licensed pest control services can help you located a licensed professional. Simply search based on your zip code or other available information.