There has been a resurgence of bed bugs after many years of relative silence. But now, however, bed bugs have become a reoccurring issue in hotels as well as homes. There is a myriad of reasons as to why bed bugs are back – and they may not stick around for much longer than before.
Bed bugs are prolific breeders, with the majority of colonies coming from inbreeding. Even though not a direct threat to one’s health, peripheral issues like infections can potentially be life threatening. A home that is infested with bed bugs will have inhabitants that will have a difficult time sleeping. Hotels that have a bed bug infestation will be costly to manage and mitigate as their reputation can be permanently tarnished. Here’s why we are now experiencing a resurgence of bed bugs, and the proper, sustainable solutions to dealing with them.
Absence of DDT Helped Their Resurgence
Throughout the 1970s, many pesticides and insecticides were banned due to their connection to public health risks. DDT, or Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, was the insecticide of choice at the time. It was odorless, tasteless, and highly effective, with the government even using it to control malaria at one point. DDT works by directly affecting the bed bug’s neurological pathways, causing them to spasm and become paralyzed – eventually dying. Throughout the 1940s, DDT was somewhat restricted due to their perceived toxicity to humans. It was eventually banned due to the danger that it posed to wildlife and humans – this banned allowed bed bugs to flourish.
How Bed bugs Are Being Dealt With
Areas infested with bed bugs are now quarantined and fumigated. Motels will require the infested room to be isolated, and caustic chemicals being used. Needless to say, bed bugs can be very costly since it displaces potential customers.
Heat application is the newest way of dealing with bed bugs, and they have been largely successful at controlling populations without erosive chemicals. Not only that, but heat can also remedy a bed bug infestation and quickly open business again for customers since there isn’t a wait time like other types of solutions.
Heat is applied from external heaters that are equipped with safety devices to ensure a steady stream of hot Steam. Heat can be used in localized areas as well as larger areas for efficiency. Heat is not only suitable for hard surfaces, but they work perfectly for porous surfaces like beds, sheets, and carpets. Heat will penetrate deeply, eliminating the infestation, immediately.