Banking On Bedbugs

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 9:24am

Exterminators converge for North American bedbug summit.

The bedbug business is booming for Bruce Klassen's Heat Assault company.

It makes equipment designed to heat entire buildings to kill the bedbugs living inside.

"We have done 17 story buildings, a floor a day, knocking the bedbugs down to zero," he says.

You may not hear as much about bedbug infestations as you did a year ago, but at the Bed Bug University North American Summit taking place in Rosemont, Illinois this week it's clear the business of beating them is growing by leaps and bounds.

"Last year we had about 45 exhibitors and this year we're over 75. So it's a huge leap, our attendance is double from last year," says's Phil Cooper.

Some have invented boxes to kill the bugs in your luggage with heat.

Others have invented trailers to do the same thing to your furniture.

"We load your furniture in, and we run a heat cycle on it to kill bed bugs with heat, no chemicals," explains Insect Inferno's Corey Westrum.

Others do the dirty work of finding and killing the bugs in homes and commercial buildings.

Shellie Beno moved to Detective Bedbug after a career in property management.

"With the property management industry, we're seeing a rise in bedbug cases within facilities, so therefore this was a niche I wanted to get into," she says.

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