DDT and Bed Bugs

With the arrival DDT in the 1940s, bed bugs almost disappeared in western countries. However, bed bug infestations have resurged in recent years, for reasons which are not clear, but contributing factors may be complacency, increased resistance, bans on pesticides and increased international travel.



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  1. Bed bugs began making a slow comeback a few years ago with a steep rise in their population over the last six months. The resurgence is blamed on increased affordable travel, which has allowed people from all socioeconomic classes to take a trip and the banning of certain pesticides. The pesticides available to the pest control industry today are not as effective and have challenged these companies to research alternative methods to control this pest. Bed bugs have been labeled a huge liability therefore requiring a reputable company with an effective management program, not all companies are up to this challenge.

    Bed bugs are brown to reddish-brown, 3/16 inch long, flat and oval. The nymphs or immature stages go through a series of five molts (from egg to adult). They range in size from 2mm to 3/16 inches long and are yellowish to almost translucent in color. The eggs are extremely small (1mm) and very difficult to detect without the aid of a magnifying glass. Bed bugs can utilize almost every crack and crevice in a home from the baseboards to the dressers. They are nocturnal making it difficult to identify all of the harborages bedbugs use. Highly trained professionals are able to identify these harborages and determine the infestation levels through a number of clues:

    shed exoskeleton
    fecal droppings
    live and dead bed bugs
    possible pathways into the home

    Infestations can grow rapidly under radar and if not caught early can spread easily. Bed bugs can spread very easily from unit to unit in a multi-resident building and the best and most effective way to eliminate bed bugs is to inspect and treat all units surrounding the infested one.

    Bed bugs have utilized almost every pathway into the house. Their presence may be a result of travel, hotels, universities, furniture (new and used), family and friends. Determining the source is very difficult in most cases but once you have them it doesn’t matter where they came from, all that matters is getting rid of them.

    To combat this pest, Buggin Out Pest Control has developed highly trained and experienced specialists. These specialists have been trained in all aspects of bed bug control from inspection to communication to confidentiality with the customer. Each situation is unique and we utilize several treatment techniques to design custom management programs. These programs depend upon the infestation levels and the needs of our customers. Bed bug management is labor intensive, requires more than one treatment and most importantly relies on the cooperation from the customer.

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