Maximum Pest


Since DDT was banned, pest control professionals haven’t had many effective chemicals to kill bedbugs, which feed only on blood and aren’t attracted to baits or traps. That makes finding and destroying the tiny bugs and their eggs meticulous, time-consuming work that typically requires a series of repeat visits. Jay Bruesch of Plunkett’s Pest Control in Fridley, Minn., says the number of bedbug calls has increased so rapidly he’s worried about employee burnout. This year, Plunkett’s has already done more than 800 bedbug jobs, and Bruesch expects that number to continue to rise.

Chrishen Sithu