Do you remember your mom telling you, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite,” when she tucked you into bed? That old saying still rings true; though once almost completely wiped out, bed bugs have made a strong, frustrating comeback.
The invention of the pesticide DDT in 1939 along with other chemicals helped keep homes and hotels bed bug-free for decades. During this time period, most insects were very vulnerable to this new poison. DDT left behind a residue that bed bugs eventually walked through when they came out of hiding to find food.
However, within the past few years, it has been discovered that a new strain of pesticide-resistant bed bugs has grown prevalent in the U.S., making bed bugs even harder than ever to get rid of. Increased travel and vacationing allows these resistant bed bugs to spread across the world, causing infestations in homes, apartments, and hotels of unsuspecting tenants.
One thing that makes it difficult to stop bed bug infestations is that unless you are allergic to their bites, you may not know you have them until it is too late. It is common to sleep with bed bugs and not notice them. Bed bugs also hide during the day and are difficult to spot. And the most concerning of information: it takes only a few bed bugs to create an entire outbreak.
Bed bugs spread easily from person to person and especially in cities with large populations. Though coined “bed bugs,” these pests actually also hide in places like cabinets and couches, and even luggage and movie theaters.
Unfortunately, nearly 88 percent of bed bug infestations come back, which is why one of the best ways to treat an infestation is through close monitoring and inspection along with professional treatment. Bed bugs nowadays are extremely tough and can be repeat offenders, so trust Delcon Termite & Pest Control to eradicate the problem with multiple processes to help reduce the risk of your bed bug problem returning.