The question is being asked over and over again. Across the U.S. and even the world the pandemic is real and hitting too close to home. Literally.
You can find lots of information about getting rid of bed bugs. The problem is that most of the information and procedures rely on antiquated research and information. How old does research have to be to be old news and unreliable? Not very old. Ten years ago is an eternity in the ever-mutating world of bed bugs.
So let me cut through the glut of information and give you several pertinent facts that you need to know in order to get rid of bed bugs.
1. Don’t let anyone spray for bed bugs in your home/business. Success with Pesticides largely depends on where your bed bugs are from. 16 states are reporting bed bugs that are completely resistant to Pyrethrins. In other words, most bedbugs are completely immune to pesticides approved for living quarters. Read the online article about bed bug immunity.
The article was written in 2006. Laboratory stocks maintained since the 50’s and 60’s in laboratory conditions were killed by Pyrethrins. Current populations collected from cities around the U.S. were largely unaffected by Pyrethrin
If you are interested in how to get rid of bed bugs, you need to educate yourself. Remember knowledge is power.
2. Bedbugs have a panic pheromone they release when the colony is threatened. When one is panicked, they release a “flee” pheromone into the air that immediately says to the other bedbugs, “Run!”.
Spraying pesticides scatters bed bugs. That is the reason you can go to the blogs where people are discussing bed bugs and find so many people who are frustrated because they have been living with bedbugs for so long. They have hired companies to spray, they have thrown away all their upholstered furniture, luggage, clothing, etc. And yet, they are still dealing with bed bugs.
A large part of the problem is that the first time the bed bugs were sprayed, some of them died, but others fled to recesses, cracks, crevices, corners, and even into plumbing chases, electric outlets, walls, and electronics. They fled anywhere they could to avoid the smell of the spray.
And now, the colony is established in places where they cannot be sprayed. They can travel as far as 100 feet to feed.
3. Residual pesticide deaths are few and far between. Roaches can easily be killed by walking through an area that has been sprayed. Roaches have pads on their feet that allow them to “taste” what they are standing on. Consequently, roaches are easier to kill through residual pesticides. Bed bugs do not have those same pads and are very hard to kill by residual pesticide action.
4. Bed bugs are attracted to heat. When a room is being heat treated, at 98-100 degrees bedbugs start looking for food. You! However, at 115-120 degrees bedbugs, nymphs, and eggs are destroyed. That is why areas which have had bed bugs for awhile are finding heat treatment extremely effective in killing the bugs that kept coming back again and again.
I’d really like to hear your thoughts on the information above. Have you had experience with unwanted guests that just keep coming back?