Bedbugs hide in crevices and cracks until they venture out for a snack. Detection and eradication can be tricky because these little critters are hard to locate. David Erik Swanson from Patriot Pest Control just got a bedbug detection dog to ease the process (see “Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite”), but he says some infestations have been so bad he didn't need help finding them.
“The worst was an apartment complex on the Southeast side. A veteran had moved out in the middle of the night, and he'd left all his stuff,” he says. “When we walked in, the bedbugs were just crawling up the walls. As you went by, they could sense you were there. There was no fear in these bedbugs. It was that bad around the whole apartment.”
As a seasoned professional, Swanson seldom worries about bringing his work home with him, but this case was too extreme for comfort.
“That one made me a little nervous that maybe I had some bedbugs on me,” he says. (Elise Kaplan)