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The Bed Bug Book: The Complete Guide to Prevention and Extermination

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The definitive handbook on the detection, treatment, and prevention of bed bugs—a must have guide for every homeowner, renter, landlord, and traveler.

Bed bugs were believed to have been eradicated by DDT and organophosphates in the 1950s, but they are now reaching epidemic levels. Some cities have seen a 1000% increase in bed bug infestations. Exterminators were unprepared for the resurgence of these tiny pests and the public is now scrambling for information on how they spread...

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Overview

The definitive handbook on the detection, treatment, and prevention of bed bugs—a must have guide for every homeowner, renter, landlord, and traveler.

Bed bugs were believed to have been eradicated by DDT and organophosphates in the 1950s, but they are now reaching epidemic levels. Some cities have seen a 1000% increase in bed bug infestations. Exterminators were unprepared for the resurgence of these tiny pests and the public is now scrambling for information on how they spread and how to get rid of them.  The Bed Bug Book has the answers.  A professional pest control manager and bed bug expert with over twenty-five years in the industry details: 

  • The complete history of bed bugs 
  • The biology of bed bugs—their life cycles with photos of each stage of growth
  • A guide to prevention—what to look for when you're traveling and steps you can take to protect your home  
  • A guide to detection
  • A guide to treatments—dusts, liquids, steam, etc., and how to choose the best solution for you and your loved ones
  • How to choose a pest management company—what to expect and what it will cost
  • 10 case studies from the author's own experience with clients who had bed bugs
  • 104 essential  things to know about bed bugs
  • Extensive references to help you choose a pest control company, know your rights as a tenant or landlord, and suggestions for further reading

Based on years of first-hand experience, Ralph H. Maestre  tells you how to spot bed bugs in your home, hotel, or on the go, how to identify a bed bug bite, and most importantly, the steps you must take to get rid of these pests. Includes 104 essential things to know about bed bugs, handy tips for travelers, advice on buying vintage and second hand goods, what to expect when the exterminators come, and how to protect yourself against future infestations.  Includes green methods and environmentally-friendly solutions.

Remember, bed bugs can affect anyone—from newborns to the elderly, everyone is at risk. So don’t let the bed bugs bite! Spot them early, take action, and get on with your life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616082994
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/23/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 450,992
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph H. Maestre (BCE), is a Board Certified Entomologist in Urban and Industrial Entomology. He received a BA in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology. Mr. Maestre has been a New York State Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator since 1987. He is currently the technical director of pest control technicians at Magic Pest Management in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 History of Bed Bugs 1

Classical Period before the Roman Empire 4

Roman Empire Period 6

Middle Ages through the Nineteenth Century 8

Nineteenth Century 12

Early Twentieth Century 16

WWII through the 1990s 17

The Last Two Decades 19

Chapter 2 Biology of Bed Bugs 23

Description and Biology 27

Physical Reactions 34

Chapter 3 Guide to Prevention 39

When Traveling 41

Visitors 43

Assistant Services 43

Deliveries 44

Used Furniture 44

Coops, Condos, and Multiple Dwellings 45

Opinion of the Court 48

Exclusion 59

Bed Bug Detection Methods 61

Bed Bug Dogs 65

Chapter 4 Guide to Treatments 69

Preparation for Treatment 70

Inspection 83

Creating a Safe Zone 84

Products and Techniques 84

Use of Dusts 85

Use of Liquids 89

Vacuums 92

Steam 94

Heat 96

Cyronite 97

Cleanup and Follow-up 98

What Does It Mean to be "Green?" 100

Chapter 5 Case Studies 103

First Encounter 103

Second Encounter 104

Third Encounter 109

Fourth Case Study 111

Fifth Case Study 115

Sixth Case Study 120

Seventh Case Study 122

Eighth Case Study 124

Ninth Case Study 127

Tenth Case Study 129

Chapter 6 What the Near and Distant Future Holds 133

Government and Laws 133

Community Involvement 137

Research and Development 139

Chapter 7 104 Things to Know About Bed Bugs 141

Final Thoughts 167

Appendix A 169

How to Choose a Pest Control Company 169

Appendix B 173

References 179

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!! EVERYONE

    I now feel armed with the information i really needed to know about bedbugs. Bedbugs are every where and this book not only calmed my paranoia of getting them but also gave me the knowledge I needed to avoid getting the critters. Thanks MR. Maestre!!

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Definitive resource on the topic of Bed Bugs

    I have been in the exterminating business for five years now. When I first started the Bed Bugs epidemic was already in full swing here in New York.

    I wish that I would have had this book as resource. Mr. Maestre has definitely schooled himself and the list of credits is a "Who Who" of the pest control industry.

    This book walks lay people through the entire experience using case studies, explaining preparation, treatment and follows up.

    The chapter "104 Things to Know about Bed Bugs" is awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2011

    Very informative - easy read - check it out!

    Simply put - this book is a must have! The author not only informs you what to do if you have bed bugs, but best of all - teaches you how to PREVENT them.

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    Posted December 10, 2011

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