Bed bugs had been a widespread problem in America for hundreds of years
until they were all but eliminated. They have repopulated over the better
part of the last century, but modern
pest control techniques have helped to combat their infestations. Read on if you are
wondering why bed bugs may be a growing concern.
Reasons for Their Comeback
After making their way to North America several hundred years ago, bed
bug populations were substantially diminished with the help of
post-World War II pesticide use. Unfortunately, this liberal use of pesticides was found to be problematic
and was ceased. With the end of the war came increased air travel, which
led to a reintroduction of bed bugs into North America. These circumstances,
along with their resilience, have allowed them to become an issue once again.
Depth of Their Infestations
Bed bugs tend to be particularly concerning because of how thoroughly they
infest sleeping areas. They are not inherently harmful and do not carry
disease, but the prospect of sharing your bed with bugs can be psychologically
troubling. Bed bugs make their way into apartments, hotels, and dormitories
by hopping onto people and into bags and suitcases. This allows them to
travel vast distances with ease. These pests do not need to feed very
often, and their presence may not be noticed for some time. Although their
resilience is impressive, there are ways of dealing with them.
How to Handle a Bed Bug Problem
While the heavier, broader pesticides of old are no longer in use today
there are still ways of effectively eliminating bed bugs. Wash your clothes
and bedding in hot water; heat can kill bed bugs as well as their eggs.
Call a pest control professional as soon as you notice signs of infestation.
If you are concerned that you may have a problem with bed bugs in Los Angeles
County, call Center Termite and Pest Control at (888) 476-9951. Our pest
control service specializes in termite damage and cockroach control. Feel free to
visit our website or stop by and meet with us today if you live in the area.