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Testing Your Home for Bedbugs and MRSA


EMSL Analytical offers testing services utilizing advanced PCR techniques to identify infestations.

Cinnaminson, NJ

A big topic in the media this past year has been the reemergence of bedbugs. To add to the story, just this week it was reported that Canadian scientists have discovered Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on bedbugs. The research was conducted after doctors at a hospital noticed an increase in both bedbugs and MRSA infections.

Although the study was small, it raises concerns that the bedbugs which can cause people to scratch bites from the bugs could be introducing the potentially deadly MRSA bacteria into people’s bodies. The insects have even been found in everything from fancy hotels to apartment buildings and individual homes.

Bedbugs are from the Cimicidae family of insects. They feed exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded animals, including humans, often while they sleep. Adult bedbugs grow to a size of 4 to 5 millimeters. Due to their size they are difficult to identify and their tolerance for various environmental conditions makes them difficult to eradicate. Identification techniques in the field have typically relied on visual inspections, and in some cases, through the use of dogs trained to smell their presence. Unfortunately both of these techniques are prone to false positive and false negative conclusions.

“The hearty parasites can survive a wide range of temperatures and atmospheric conditions which has helped them in their ability to spread nationwide,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc., a leading environmental testing laboratory. “When property owners and managers believe they may have a bedbug infestation they often look to professional help to confirm if it is bedbugs or some other pests. EMSL can help by utilizing advanced PCR technologies that look for DNA markers specific to bedbugs. It is one of the most accurate testing methods available and this helps prevent the expense and disruption caused by other techniques.”

EMSL has also cosponsored an educational video on MRSA, it can be viewed at:

To learn more about testing for bedbugs, MRSA or other environmental concerns please visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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