Cinnaminson, NJ, April 7th, 2015
Earlier this year, the tragic story of the death of an eight month old girl in Canada made headlines across North America. The tragedy occurred after the child’s mother attempted to treat the family home for bed bugs with an illegally imported pesticide. In addition to the young child’s death, her four siblings also had to be rushed to a nearby hospital.
Bed bugs can be found worldwide and can be present in all types of homes and buildings. They are experts at hiding, which can make them difficult to find. These small, flat, parasitic insects feed on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Bed bugs can be an ongoing annoyance because they often cause itching and loss of sleep for people living in infested properties. Some people may even suffer an allergic reaction to their presence.
“Bed bugs are extremely tolerant of a wide range of environmental conditions, including being able to survive for extended periods of time in cold temperatures and low humidity,” said Charles Li, Ph.D., Director of PCR and DNA Analysis at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “To help people identify a bed bug problem in their home or before they purchase property or sign a lease, EMSL offers an easy to use Bed Bug Test Kit. Once a sample is collected and sent to the laboratory, it is analyzed using advanced qPCR techniques that are exceptionally accurate and sensitive. Results will quickly determine if the insects are present and people can then take safe corrective actions to deal with these pests.”
The EMSL Bed Bug Test Kit can be obtained at: www.EMSLTestKits.com.
EMSL has also sponsored an educational video about bed bugs that can be seen at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfAt_UAgNqA.
To learn more about testing for bed bugs or other indoor environmental issues, please contact EMSL at www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, industrial hygiene, food and materials testing services and products to government agencies, industry professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.