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Tropical Bed Bugs are Back

sad-1930479_1920Brevard County, along with most of Central Florida, has a unique climate. But those along the coast are particularly inured to tropical plants and animals due to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean’s engine of warmth, the Gulf Stream. Because of the nearby oceans, temperatures rarely go below freezing and are often much warmer, even throughout the winter, then many inland counties. Tropical is the climate, and so then are the potential bugs. Experts in Brevard county pest control are a must when dealing with an ever-shifting array of crawling creatures, and one insect that has re-emerged recently is especially concerning: the tropical bed bug.

All bed bugs are not created equal, and this species is especially worrisome because of its ability to reproduce at an incredible rate. Researchers from the University of Florida were able to positively identify this version of the bed bug in Brevard County only. This marks the first time it has been found in the state, or anywhere in the South, since the 1940s. The identification occurred on Merritt Island with a family that had reported specifically relentless bed bugs near a wildlife preserve (the Ulumay Sanctuary to be exact). However, researchers were quick to point out that the preserve likely had little to do with these bed bugs turning up; the most common theory is that this pest vanquished for nearly 60 years and, perhaps, returned via the nearby Port Canaveral (the busiest passenger port on the planet).

Brevard has many threat sources from tropical bugs: a perfect climate, a huge commuter and goods port, a mix of residential and rural areas for habitat, and large regions of both salt and fresh water. Brittany Campbell, a member of the University of Florida team that lead the study, believes that although Brevard does have specific risk factors for the tropical bed bug, anywhere in Florida could find themselves in the crosshairs: “As long as you have people traveling and moving bed bugs around, there is a real potential for this species to spread and establish in homes and other dwellings.” This is similar to the spread of regular bed bugs. After travels up north, it is likely that many people bring hitch-hiker bed bugs back to Florida.

Over the years, bed bugs have grown generally resistant to common forms of wide-use pesticides. The UF team asked anyone locally who suspects bed bugs to send in samples if possible. This request highlights the concern brought about by this discovery. Tropical bed bugs are a nasty variant of the more common form of the pest, found throughout parts of the United States. Both can be contained with some simple steps: eliminate clutter and keep your sheets clean (it’s also a good idea to thoroughly wash any clothing you take overseas before bringing it into your home). Even with many preventative measures, bed bugs are notoriously hard to eliminate. This is all the more reason to call the Brevard pest control experts at Apex if you sense you have a problem. Reach our professional technicians at 866-675-4070 for more information and estimates.

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