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Bite Back: A No Nonsense Guide To Beating Bed Bugs At Their Own Game Paperback – November 16, 2010
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About the Author
Scott Linde was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Linde started his career in pest control in 1988, working part-time. Since then, he has gone on to manage other pest companies for others and has owned and operated four pest-elimination and pest-control companies. In 1992, Scott founded Staten Pesticide Consulting, a pesticide education company based in Staten Island, N.Y. He successfully taught over 200 individuals who went on to become licensed. Mr. Linde continued teaching other exterminators when he moved out to New Jersey in 1998. Today, Mr. Linde is as passionate as ever about eliminating your household pests, particularly bed bugs. If you are interested in booking Mr. Linde to speak, you can contact him at his office in Edison, N.J. Today, Scott Linde owns two pest control companies and is licensed by NYSDEC and NJDEP to give courses on pest-control laws and procedures. His companies currently service the NY Tri-State area. If you are faced with bed bugs and would like to schedule a service, please call his office at (732) 777-6857.
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The author mentions killing bed bugs with heat. That's a very expensive process and is not practical in many applications. He gives brief mention to the use of DE (diatomaceous earth) and how people aren't skilled enough to use this. Buy a decent bulb applicator, and apply it necessary areas. He correctly mentions to use a respirator on not to breath the dust. He doesn't mention that you should use the food quality grade so pets and people aren't put at risk. A good green gardener already knows how effective DE is at killing bugs.
The trick to using the powder is to get the bugs to walk through it. Since people are the source of food, you need to apply the DE in places such as bed posts. Entomologists have discovered that bed bugs reproduce by injecting semen through the female's abdomen via piercing with a sharp stinger(they don't have conventional reproductive organs). This sometimes results in serious injury or death to the female. Sometimes males mistakenly injure other males via the same process. As a result of this,male bed bugs have evolved to release a chemical signal to communicate with and repel males from trying to inject them. If entomologists come up with a similar chemical to attract the males, they will end up killing themselves with their stingers. This chemical would could be placed in the DE to attract the bugs and have them walk through it (DE kills them in about 3 days by drying out and damaging the exoskeleton. The entomologist who patents this chemical will soon become quite wealthy and many exterminators will lose potential business.
The author also mentions that protective covers need to be of correct size and quality with effective zippers. He recommends a particular brand that he isn't affiliated with. That's just common sense advice. He points out that vacuuming and reducing clutter are very important. You need to throw the bags out. He doesn't mention that these bug secrete a sticky liquid that make them stick to the vacuum tube. Rubbing alcohol is also mentioned as an effective way to kill this bugs with a spray bottle. Or you can buy a commercial alcohol mix product from his website.
Finally, the photos in the book are of poor quality. They are in black and white and small in size fuzzy detail. My $300 Nikon takes better photos. In the digital age, there's no excuse for this.
The only thing I honestly learned was that hydrocortisone is effective for bug bites. Otherwise, I really didn't learn anything new by reading this little booklet.
If you plan on hiring an exterminator that uses dogs and heat, and need to ask some questions; by all means buy this book. Otherwise, you can gain much more detailed information that is up to date for free. Just do a search on the internet for general information and recent articles by publications such as Scientific American.
My advice to the author would be to update this book with more recent information and buy himself a decent camera to add some decent photos.
Mr. Linde does an wonderful job breaking down the history and the comeback that bed bugs have made over the last few years. He also provides some great tips on how to reduce the risk
of infesting your home with bed bugs. The author also discusses some best practices that anyone can use when faced with a possible infestation and when interviewing a bed bug exterminator for hire.
I have to admit that I am one of those people who thought that bed bugs are just like other pests; roaches, termites, etc. Well, Mr. Linde provided some eye-opening reasons why it's dangerous and ineffective to set off bug bombs or to buy do-it-yourself products from large retail stores. He even gave case studies on actual customers who tried the `do-it-yourself' way and failed miserably to get rid of those pests.
In a nutshell, Mr. Linde provides a revealing glimpse of bed bug pest control from an insider's perspective that every consumer would value and appreciate.
This book was packed with a lot of great information and I recommend that everyone read this book. Even if you don't have bed bugs right now, the book is a valuable guide to help prevent you from getting them. But more importantly, it's also a practical guide on what steps you SHOULD take if you do get them. This alone will save you money, time, and headaches! The reality is that with all the places bed bugs have been detected (middle schools, movie theaters, retail stores, offices), there's a good chance that you'll get them at least once.