Bed bugs are like tiny vampires that wait for you to sleep before they attack. The number of bed-bug related cases is growing, especially in urban areas like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and other major cities! I’ve worked in the Pest Control Industry for 4 years now, having personally seen the damage of bedbugs, while managing reports for companies like Aftermath Pest Professionals. These parasites don’t care if you’re rich or poor, they only care about draining your blood and your wallet!
What are bed bugs?
They’re tiny parasites that feed on the blood of any mammal it can find, but prefer humans. Bed bugs can be dated back as early as 400 BC in ancient Greece. In the 20th Century, 1/3rd of the American populations reported an infestation of Bed Bugs. It wasn’t till the 1950’s that DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) was introduced, eliminating cockroaches and bedbugs. DDT is a powerful pesticide with horrible drawbacks. Those drawbacks include the increase risk of breast cancer in women, sterilization in men, with endangerments to the wildlife and bird population. DDT eventually became banned in 1972.
Following the years, the population of bed bugs decline, as we were able to control infestions with other pesticides. During this time, bed bugs were being resistant to DDT.
As years went by, we didn’t see a substantial increase in the bed bug population till the 90’s. Bed bugs appeared in motel and hotels as they traveled from area to area via bags, clothing, and human transportation. Originally, it was through the means of less expensive establishments and then grow towards luxury hotels, homes, apartments, and nursing homes. This growth is from the result of compact traveling in areas such as train carts, shared cars, buses and airplanes. Bed bugs have recently been making a comeback with over 25% of residents in various cities reporting issues. More recently, the market cap for bed bug pest control is soon expected to hit $1 Billion dollars by 2020. Why is that an issue? Without your help we won’t be able to stop this epidemic!
What if I have bed bugs?
If you feel you may have bed bugs, take these precautionary steps to ensure you’re able to protect yourself!
Check to see if you have bed bugs! Bed bugs often hide throughout the day as they are nocturnal insects. If you can’t find them, look for signs around your bed. Check the cracks and crevices in your room, as bed bugs prefer to hide in dark tight areas. If you are unable to spot them, look for spotting or eggs around your bed (the spotting is bed bug excrement, it can range from a reddish color to brown or black depending on freshness). The best solution if you can’t find bed bugs, but still suspect activity is to call your local pest control company. Most inspections are free, so it won’t be much of an issue!
What can I do?
If you do have bed bugs, wait before tossing anything out. Consult a professional, as he may be able to save the furniture, if needed. If you have no need to save any damaged products, it is still recommended that you wait for a professional to properly dispose of all infested material. The purpose is to prevent the spread of bed bugs to your neighbors or an unsuspecting victim that may pick up your garbage. There is a process to properly dispose of any infested goods, consult your local exterminator for information.
If you do have bed bugs the treatment process is easy and fast if you cooperate with your pest technician, and he does his job right!
There are many treatment methods for bed bugs and the most common are chemical treatments, and heat treatments. Consult with a Pest Professional to choose which is right for you, as many treatments vary from company to company.
Now when I said bed bugs are a bigger issue than you realize, I meant every single word of it. As technology is growing, we have been allowing bed bugs to travel from place to place. Bed bugs don’t just live in bedrooms, but stay in busses, cars, airplanes, trains and common areas. Bed bugs aren’t picky, they go for rich-poor alike and with a society living closer together than ever, its easier for you to get them. The best way to avoid them is to educate yourself on the topic and prevent possible infestations at early signs.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Aftermath Pest Professionals and they will be more than happy to answer any pest related question!