People thought that bed bugs were gone for good. But the bug’s resurgence in the last couple of years has made home and business owners, as well as government and healthcare agencies pretty concerned. No one is immune. These pests can easily infest an unsanitary apartment in the same way that they can overrun luxury lodging establishments.
Why Are Bed Bugs Back?
Bed bugs were almost totally eradicated from the U.S. and other developed countries many years ago. However, with the frequency and ease of global, as well as local or regional travel, it has become easier for these bugs to spread to other localities, communities, regions, states or countries. But this is not the only reason why bed bugs are back with a vengeance. Another explanation why these pests are increasing in number is because of people’s less current knowledge regarding eradication and insecticide use. Then, some bugs have also developed resistance to less powerful insecticides, which makes them harder to kill. Other contributing factors include: unsanitary or unsuitable cleaning practices in lodging establishments, hospitals, dorms, apartments, and other facilities; improper knowledge regarding bed bug elimination; use of incorrect methods in killing the pests; and other inappropriate practices that only exacerbate the problem.
How Do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Several home cures are available for bed bug elimination. But it can be difficult to kill these insects because they are pretty good at hiding. So, it’s a must to have proper knowledge about the behavior of these insects, particularly regarding how they reproduce and where they like to hide. It is also important to make use of sprays intended to kill bed bugs.
One of the most effective ways to eradicate bed bugs is by using heat. Adult insects and nymphs cannot survive intense heat of up to 113?F to 115?F (45?C to 46?C) for a quarter of an hour. For bed bug eggs, a temperature of 115?F must be used, and exposure should last longer, usually 60 minutes.
– Heating Devices
You can utilize several heating devices. If, for instance, you already have a clothes dryer at home, just expose infected linen, sheets or clothes to the right level of heat. Steamers and other portable heating machines can also be used to treat certain areas. But when an infestation is more extensive, it’s best to call pest control experts who can do heat treatments. Most professionals are well-equipped; they have portable heating devices, heat chambers, and other equipment that can be used to treat larger areas or even structures.
Why Use Heat?
Bed bugs cannot stand heat and, more importantly, they won’t develop resistance to it. Also, with people’s growing concern about the effects of insecticides on the environment, using heat is really a more eco-friendly alternative. Heat is not detrimental to groundwater or soil, and it does not contribute to global warming and environmental degradation.
- louento.pix. “Groove in bed frame side panel”. November 18, 2008. Online image. Flickr. November 29, 2012.
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Claire Reid is a freelance writer who specializes in pest elimination. She blogs about common pests, including the bed bug. She also provides material for www.capitalk9pest.com/ where you can find more information about heat elimination.