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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bedbugs Come in the Mail: How to Protect Your Home

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The rising popularity of online holiday shopping has given rise to an unexpected horror: Bedbugs and other insects are spreading into homes through shipped goods.

"Cardboard boxes are especially problematic because they offer good insulation for bugs," says Dr. Shripat Kamble, former director of the certification program for the Entomological Society of America and a professor of entomology at the University of Nebraska. “They have a lot of corrugation and corrugated materials offer a lot of hiding places for insects.”

What can be hiding inside the packages you order online?

For starters, live adult specimens and egg cases of biting insects such as bedbugs, spiders, ants, and fleas. Packages also can harbor pests such as Asian cockroaches, Indian meal moths, carpet beetles, red flour beetles, and wood-boring insects such as termites and powder post beetles.

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