Bed bug experts gather for summit in Las Vegas
A bed bug summit is being held in Las Vegas this week. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Bed bug experts are holding their annual conference at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas this week.
"Bed bugs are everywhere. All 50 states have them at this point," Phillip Cooper with Bed Bug Central said.
That's way the North American Bed Bug Summit is being held. It gives academics and people in the pest management industry a chance to share information about the invasive insects.
"Back in 2005, we didn't really understand the insect," Cooper said. "There wasn't a lot of research being done. Now, the research has dramatically improved."
So has the technology to detect and control infestations. FMC Professional Solutions is rolling out 'Verifi,' what they say is one of the first active detectors.
"If you want to control an infestation, it's best to detect it early," Catherine Bernard with FMC said. Las Vegas has the 13th-most bed bugs infestations in the country. Organizers of the summit say that's one of the reasons it's good to have the summit here.
"The fact that your hospitality industry has access to this is a wonderful thing," Cooper said.