Extension to host bedbug identification, control program
Travelers from across the country and around the world visit Wyoming, and bedbug infestations could eventually reach here, said Sandra Frost, an educator with the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service in Park County.
Learn how to identify bedbugs and their damage at the free program 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 12, in the EOC room in the basement of the Park County Courthouse in Cody.
The program is sponsored by UW CES.
Park County Extension horticulturist Joyce Johnston will present the biology, life cycle and identification of bedbugs. Dave Jamison of Stroupe Pest Control of Cody will discuss inspection and control of bedbugs.
Bedbugs are flat, oval-shaped brownish insects with six legs, short golden body hair and have two antennae. They may be as small as a pinhead when young. Bedbugs feed on the blood of animals, including humans. Bedbugs don't fly, but they do move easily over floors, walls and ceilings, said Frost. They may live in mattresses where they can feed on bed occupants at night and tend to congregate in hiding places such as linens, upholstery, furniture crevices, wood trim, electrical boxes and outlets, floors and behind wallpaper and picture frames.
Infestations can be prevented by assessing accommodations when traveling, inspecting luggage upon returning from a trip and vacuuming suitcases before bringing them into a home.
Control measures require pest control professionals, said Frost. Multiple inspections and treatments may be necessary to control an infestation.
For more information, contact Frost in Powell at 307-754-8836 or firstname.lastname@example.org.