How The Bed Bug Epidemic Is Growing Even Though You Hear About It Less In The News
Months ago stories about bed bugs were everywhere. They lived in beds, couches and chairs. They were responsible for itchy bites that were caused from the bugs sucking on the human host’s skin. The areas would become swollen and once the individual scratched the area it could become infected as well. You’d hear about these little creatures on TV, newspapers and online. Since bed bugs are no longer making headlines, most people think that the bed bug epidemic has gone away. Unfortunately, it hasn’t – and is in fact still growing despite it rarely being publicized all over the news. Remember, just because you don’t see bed bugs, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. They like to hide in cracks and crevices and are only about a 1/5 of an inch long so they are very hard to see by the naked eye. There are a couple of reasons why the bed bug epidemic is growing.
Some Bed Bugs Have Become Resistant To Pesticides
One of the reasons that the bed bug epidemic is growing is because they are becoming resistant to some of the pesticides that were successfully used to kill them in the past. This is why it is important to have a pest control technician that is experienced with treating bed bugs deal with them. Inexperienced technicians or do it yourself methods simply may not work very well at getting rid of some bed bugs. It is important to find a technician that is able to utilize several different methods of getting rid of bed bugs just in case one of the methods doesn’t work.
Bed Bugs Lay More Eggs During The Warmer Months
Bed bugs tend to have a slightly shorter incubation period in the warmer months. Female bed bugs will lay between 1 and 5 eggs each day that have an incubation of 10 days in the warm weather. Once hatched, they will need to have 5 large blood feedings in order to reach their adult size. In only takes them about 15 minutes in order to be fully engorged on the human’s blood. Once they are adults they can lay more than 200 eggs in their lifetime. Because their incubation period is shorter during the summer, a small bed bug infestation at the beginning of summer can become a large bed bug epidemic by the beginning of fall.
If You Are Suffering From Bed Bugs You Are Not Alone
In conclusion, if you are suffering from bed bugs, you are not alone. Just because you don’t hear about bed bugs much on the news anymore doesn’t mean that the epidemic is not getting bigger. Often times, after a story has been sensationalized on the news people getting tired of hearing about it, and “new” news needs to be reported in order for people to remain interested. This is what happened with the bed bug epidemic. So remember that even though you don’t hear much about bed bugs these days, many people are still dealing with them and they are nothing to be embarrassed about. Be sure to get the entire area where you are suffering from a bed bug infestation treated quickly in order to get rid of the bugs, and not have them spread to other areas of your house.