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Summer ’11 worst yet for bed bugs

One entomologist has a doomsday prognosis – July and August are shaping up to be the worst summer yet for bed bugs.

Bed bug-fearers, prepare.

One entomologist has a doomsday prognosis – July and August are shaping up to be the worst summer yet for bed bugs.

Jeffrey White, a research entomologist for Bed Bug Central, told Metro that after last year’s increase in infestations, the bugs have had an entire year to multiply.

“They become more and more embedded,” said White, who will present his predictions at a conference today. “I strongly feel that the insurgence will be even stronger.”

Bedbugs are quieter in the winter, he said, but, “They’re still there.”

Jeff Eisenberg at Manhattan’s Pest Away said this winter brought the most bed bug activity he’s seen. "It never let up," he said.

Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, a Cornell University entomologist, agreed. “The more bed bugs you have out there, the more you eventually will have."

 
 
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