No need to burn down town to kill bedbugs |

No need to burn down town to kill bedbugs

Staff Reports
Bedbugs were blamed for the fire that claimed much of Genoa in 1910. They are still around and the topic of a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program on Feb. 21.
Dawn H. Gouge |

An attempt to smoke bedbugs out of a mattress is said to be the cause of the 1910 fire that claimed much of Genoa, including the original Mormon fort and the courthouse.

Getting rid of bedbugs as a concern is not limited to the bad old days.

As the number of families in Nevada being affected by bedbugs continues to increase, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will offer a free program Feb. 21, aimed at providing the most recent research-based information on prevention, detection and control measures.

The program will include discussion on school, hospital, hotel and restaurant control measures; detection, inspection and monitoring strategies; and Nevada pesticide regulations. Those responsible for bedbug prevention, detection and control should attend, including school leaders, public housing managers, health and hospital professionals, childcare operators, senior center directors, government officials, and pesticide applicators.

The program will be presented 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Douglas County University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office, 1325 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville

“Bedbugs are hitchhikers. Those who work with the public should monitor their workplaces regularly,” said Lisa K. Taylor, University of Nevada Reno assistant professor and Extension educator in Lander County. “Without monitoring and appropriate control measures in place, they spread very rapidly.”

Joy Newton, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension entomologist and Extension educator in Lyon County, secured a three-year U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to fund the program and to be able to offer it free of charge.

Pesticide applicators who attend the program can also obtain continuing education units free of charge. For more information, contact Joy Newton at 775-463-6541.