There’s History Behind Humanity’s Battle with the Bed Bug

Written By: Admin

Archive For: October 2016

Category Name: bed bugs

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When we were children and drifted off to sleep, many of us were told, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” What may seem to be a silly expression, may feel more threatening as bed bug problems have skyrocketed in recent years. Did this old saying really have anything to do with the nasty insects we are battling today? And just how long have bed bugs been an issue for humanity?

A Historical Foe

Research suggests that bed bugs have pestered humans for thousands of years. References to the bugs are made in ancient Greek plays and fossilized bed bugs were discovered in an Egyptian site dating back 3,550 years. As time went on, bed bugs spread around Asia and Europe, before travelling with European settlers to the New World. There are documentations of bed bug problems in early America throughout the 1700s and 1800s. As time went on, the bugs steadily spread. Once train travel became popular, the bugs began to move around the U.S. much more easily.

It is during the late 1800s when the first mentions of the phrase warning against bed bugs appear. Variations on the saying appear several times in print in the U.S. during the 1880s and 1890s. While the origins of the phrase are not known exactly, it does seem to line up with the heyday of American train travel and an ever-widening spread of bed bugs. This suggests that the expression could have indeed originated an actual – albeit lighthearted – warning, urging listeners to be on guard against the biting of these pesky creatures.

The bugs continued to spread widely around the country until the 1940s, when the advent of the pesticide DDT all but wiped the bugs out in the US by the 1950s. Bed bugs became a fairly rare problem in the U.S. at this time, and would continue on that way for decades.

Resurgence

Unfortunately, as many Americans have witnessed firsthand, bed bugs have made a roaring comeback in the U.S. This is likely due to several factors, including an increase in international travel and the banning of DDT and other pesticides because of health and safety concerns.

In just the past ten years, calls made to exterminators regarding bed bugs have almost tripled in the U.S. Bed bugs have become a common issue in homes of all types and hotels of all types – the bed bug problem can and has affected people of every income level and across every different demographic.

Thankfully, the advent of new technology like Thermal Heat Remediation and Cryonite freezing treatment have created highly effective – and completely safe – methods for fighting the bed bugs. However, these treatments require calling in the professionals to discover the bugs and treat them thoroughly.

If you are concerned about bed bugs in your home, business, or rental properties, contact Pest Management, Inc. today. Our highly experienced team can help you manage every aspect of the fight against bed bugs – from prevention, to resident and staff education, to Bed Bug Protection Policies, to inspection with our bed bug detection dogs and finally, to comprehensive and detailed treatment by our team of professional technicians. Give us a call today to learn more and to be protected against one of humanity’s oldest foes.

World Mosquito Day: Protection Against the Deadliest Animal

Written By: Admin

Archive For: October 2016

Category Name: pest control

World Mosquito Day: Protection Against the Deadliest Animal

Recently, on August 20, World Mosquito Day was recognized around the globe. It’s a day of commemoration and awareness. The day was established in 1897 because that is when a British media researcher, Sir Donald Ross, discovered that mosquitos were the link to transmitting malaria. Sir Ross received the Nobel Prize for Medicine for this work in 1902. Because of Sir Ross’ research, we now have a better awareness of how mosquitos transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika.

In recognition of Sir Ross’ discoveries that have changed our understanding of the dangers mosquitos can bring to humans, we are sharing some of our helpful reminders about mosquitos.

Meet the Mosquito

There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes around the world. It may come as a surprise, but they are the deadliest animals in the world. Mosquitoes threaten half of the world’s population. The most recent concern with mosquito transmission is the Zika virus, especially in pregnant women because it is known to cause birth defects.

According to the World Health Organization, they are responsible for the deaths of approximately 725,000 people worldwide every year. In comparison, sharks are responsible for approximately 10 deaths every year. This is why mosquito control is very important.

Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

By now, you are likely aware of some of the most common measures to prevent mosquito bites, such as wearing light colored clothing, lighting a citronella candle, and using any type of scented products like lotion in moderation.

If you plan on being outside for a period of time, there are a number of mosquito repellants that have DEET and that are DEET-free that were tested by researchers with the Journal of Insect Science for how well they worked upon application and four hours after application.

Keeping mosquitoes away from your home or business should always be the first line of defense. Remove any standing water, cut back weeds and overgrown brush.

The most rapid mosquito control methods are those administered by trained pest control professionals. Mosquito spraying is quick and efficient and allows you to enjoy routine outdoor activities. Contact our highly trained team at Pest Management, Inc. to discuss treatment needs and options.