International travel plus the pressure to cut back on pesticides has led to a nationwide outbreak of bed bugs, according to Texas A&M entomology experts. The transient population of Bryan-College Station has brought the blood-sucking creatures to the Brazos Valley.
"There is a bed bug problem in the Bryan-College Station area," said Dr. Roger Gold, Texas A&M University, Entomology.
A nationwide problem has hit close to home. Morris Gustavus owns a pest control company in the Brazos Valley. He's seen an up tick in the number of calls about bed bugs.
"I actually had a professor that had been to Singapore," said Gustavus. "He came back and infested his home, they thought they had fleas."
Instead, a night time nuisance crawling in his bed. Dr. Gold says the best way to get rid of them is with professional help.
"We do two treatments, the first treatment kills the adults and any active nymphs," said Gustavus.
Then, a second treatment comes a few weeks later. The price ranges from $250 to $1,200 not to mention, cleaning bills plus tossing out matresses and box springs.
But, there is a way to stay ahead of the problem.
"If you travel, be sure that you store your goods upon a metal shelf, if possible, including your shoes," said Gustavus. "Check the bed before you get in it."
Or you could be left with the mark of a creepy crawler.
"One of the tell tale signs is a red type of welt that forms," said Dr. Gold. "That's where the bed bugs got together and had a family picnic."
Gustavus also mentioned, to stop bed bugs from coming home with you after a trip, put your luggage in a black plastic bag and leave it in the sun for several hours. The heat will kill the critters.