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Understanding Bed Bugs: their history and spread across the US

Bed bugs, they are menacing creatures. Nothing is more horrendous than the bed bugs when compared to other kinds of pests such as cockroaches and termites. Bed bugs have been in existence since medieval times and ancient times, as it shows in stone carvings and other records.

Bed Bug

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs during those times were not as rampant. Bed bugs with the entry of the industrial era and the early 20th century has become a great concern for many. Bed bugs are not just mere insects that feed in your bed, they can also cause you discomfort in your sleep. They will suck your blood and feed on you whenever you sleep on your mattress. They will creep up on you when you sit on the sofa.

During the times of WWII, high dosages of Malathion and DDT were used and consequently the bed bugs have were thought to have been eradicated. However, only in recent years, the bed bugs have re-emerged in a massive volume. It is an enigma how they survived. However, the fact is that a species of insect is more resilient than any other complex species in the world. Bed bugs are one of those resilient species and they will not stop until they find a host in your own home.

Bed bug infestation is a big issue across developed areas where populations of people are very dense. Apartment buildings are mostly in trouble and poor suburban structures can also be victims of bed bugs. Apartments are targets since the only thing that separates the room is a wall. These walls may have openings on the ceilings, by the doors, on the floors and windows. A bed bug can access these areas and travel to your bed, in search of CO2.

Are bed bugs weather or temperature sensitive? Imagine this, from Canada to California, from New York to New Mexico, there are bed bugs. This is the resilience that we are talking about. They are extremely good hitchhikers. They can travel from one area to another tucked in the deepest corners and crevices of luggage and clothing. Bed bugs scatter across the world since there has been a great deal of international travel in the recent decades. More and more people stay in hotels. They go from one area to another. Bed bugs can stick to you when you sleep on infested beds.

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

If you buy second hand mattresses and other furniture like sofas, you can contact bed bugs. Again, dorms, apartments, hotels and other forms of dwelling for a number of residents will certainly have bed bugs in them. A bed bug infestation can happen quick. Within a month, a few bed bugs can multiply to a hundred and if unattended can lead to thousands. A heavily infested bed where an adult man sleeps can have 500 bed bugs biting him all at once.

Bed bugs have had a bit of hiatus from the 40s and the early 90s. The actual resurgence of the critters was in 1995 where massive infestations were seen. From Europe to the United States, bed bugs have become very common and since then pest control industries have spawned to eradicate this issue in various towns and cities. The problem is that there is always resurgence.

Bed bugs have very unique qualities and that is the detection of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a gas that is emitted by people when they exhale. Carbon dioxide is also emitted from some aerosol products and even in electrical gadgets that use electricity. No wonder homes are hotspots for bed bugs. They find a host, a warm blooded animal, and they stay there since they have their supply food for the rest of their lives. Your pet mammals can get bitten, you can get bitten, and your poor children can get bitten. Imagine the horror of being bitten by 1 or two bed bugs. Imagine the horror of being bitten simultaneously by hundreds of bed bugs.

They work really well. They pierce the skin and release anesthetic in contact numbing that area. They then bite the host and suck blood. It may sound irksome but that is the reality. Those who have experienced the menace that is the bed bug have psychological trauma of the experience of their blood being drawn out from them by a creature like a bed bug. It really causes psychological pain and of course physical pain. Rashes and other kinds of diseases can be contracted by the bites. This relationship is called parasitic and is not really beneficial at all.

Bed Bug Eggs

Bed Bug Eggs

The comeback of the bed bugs is one of the most intriguing mysteries in entomology. No one was expecting the return of the bed bugs and no one expected their return in such high numbers. But then again, there have been some similar come backs in the early 60s when insecticides like DDT backfired and immunized the mosquitoes infecting hundreds and thousands of people in one country alone. Sure, it is a mystery how they managed to return but fact is that they are back and it is essential to eradicate them. It could be caused by the increasing carbon emissions in recent years that have resulted to the increase in the attraction of bed bugs in major cities. The fact is that bed bugs may be present since they can travel quite well and survive without any stress nor worries.

The fact is that bed bugs have become immune to some forms of pesticides so it means that they are more resilient than ever. That is why many top universities in entomology and pest control are dealing with new compounds, combinations, preparations and applications to find the best solutions for bed bugs. These technologies tend to be costly. They do come a t a high cost but the fact is that if you have a bed bug infestation at home, you would not want your children nor yourself or even your pets to fear your own beds. The fact is that they are back and that they have spread across the United States.

Our lifestyles have become the best reasons why bed bugs are there at home. People have become sedentary and they are not as concerned any more with things around them. However, understanding the bed bugs means you need to be aware of the concepts that make bed bug infestations very prominent.

Bed Bug Infestation

Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs are real menacing creatures. They are not exclusively nocturnal insects. They only come out when there is a host and when they are not expecting it. They will come around and suck your blood and make you are itchy and terrified when you wake up. For those who have experienced that, they want the bed bugs out the same day they found out about it. The great thing right now is that pest control experts are doing their very best in addressing the bed bug issue as soon as possible.

The fact is stressed out, that no one can totally eradicate a species of insects, more so the species of bed bugs. Evolution dictates and modern living dictates it. Scientists are trying to find the best ways to control the infestation and to lower the existence of bed bugs. The most important thing is to know and understand how big of a problem bed bug infestations are, and how the problem can be addressed. When you have a bed bug infestation, you need to seek the help of an expert. Using commercial bug sprays will just get you frustrated as they do not have the same effect as professional products do. Special kinds of organic insecticide mixtures are being made to remove bed bugs from homes. The problem is that many are still not aware of how bed bugs live and interact with human beings.

Bed bugs are extremely mortifying. It is a horrendous experience to just be in that situation, to be living in a bed bug infested area is a nightmare that became reality. They are uninvited guests. They are annoying and they take advantage of you when you are sleeping. Bed bugs can travel with you to other locations. Bed bugs are everywhere if you get in contact with them. The fact is that you need help once you recognize an infestation or if you have a hunch.

For apartment buildings, bed bugs need to be removed as soon as possible. If you do not eradicate and check the whole area, other tenants will get infested with the bed bugs. It is on your conscience if you want to be the cause of a widespread infestation in your area. Professionals do their best in eradicating the insects from your home. they use contact sprays and high power insecticides of unique blends.

Bed Bug Biting

Bed Bug Biting

They also use other tools like powder insecticides that can prevent the transfer of bed bugs and to ensure that bed bugs will not be in the area for much longer. Bed bugs are in the United States already and some homes have been evacuated just because of these menacing creatures. You can do something to restore your security and peace of mind when you sleep on your bed, or when you sit on your sofa. You deserve that peace of mind. You must seek the help of professionals to handle the task at hand.

If you ever have any bug related issues in New York City, feel free to call us either at Beyond Pest Control. Once again, and I can’t stress this enough we are on call twenty four hours a day seven days a week to kill those bugs, we aren’t kidding whether you call us at 9 am or midnight we will be available to take your call and either get rid of the bug infestation, or answer any questions you may have concerning the bug issue. I can honestly guarantee that there will be someone to answer that call. We make it our business to make you bug free!

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