According to the Baltimore Sun, the state Highway Administration’s Baltimore headquarters have been struggling with a 14 month battle against bed bugs. It appears just when they think they are in the clear, bed bugs start popping up again.
So why is the State Highway Administration having such a hard time maintaining a bed bug free workplace?
First, and probably the biggest challenge in fully eradicating a bed bug problem is that you have to identify the source of the bed bugs.
And that, unfortunately, can be a tough nut to crack in your typical residential bed bug situations, and even tougher in the workplace.
Bed bugs are hitchhikers and typically come to work with employees — in bags, clothing, even computers.
Generally you are only talking about a couple of bugs that are coming in this way, but unfortunately it only takes a few bugs to cause a big problem.
After a bug has been identified, the affected areas will be treated and the problem in the office may be resolved, at least temporarily.
The problem is that if the original source (whatever way the bugs got there in the first place) isn’t resolved, there is a very strong likelihood that bed bugs will pop up again.
Take that problem, and then think about the hundreds, even thousands of people who work or regularly go through a busy office, and it is easy to see why it is difficult to maintain a bed bug free work environment.