• Kyle Brundage

The Modern Resurgence of Bedbugs

Creepy, crawly, itchy. Bedbugs strike fear into the hearts of renters and homeowners alike. Even though they aren't known to carry diseases, these bloodsucking hitchhikers are nuisance enough to give just about anyone the heebie-jeebies. Bedbugs had actually almost vanished from the US after World War II and the onset of widespread DDT use, but in the last two decades have made an extreme resurgence and often with strong resistances to modern insecticides. The two big questions most people are asking now are "Where did they come from?" and "What can we do about them?"

With the modern resurgence of the bedbug, the odds of picking up a couple of these freeloaders is becoming more likely. Anywhere people move, sit, and lay down has the potential to be a transmission zone for bedbugs, but that isn't to say there aren't things you can do to reduce your chances of bringing bedbugs into your home. ALWAYS inspect items purchased second hand, even from well kept homes. A common misconception is that bedbugs are an indicator of filthy living conditions but because bedbugs feed only on blood, all they need is a human being nearby to survive. If you begin to notice unexplained bites on your body then do a quick inspection of your mattress. Lifting the seams and checking those small crannies will quickly let you find hidden bedbugs, and black spotting along creases can indicate areas where bedbugs have aggregated in the past.

If you find a bedbug in your home, don't panic! One of the most common questions I hear is "Should I go buy a bug bomb?" and the answer is always a resounding no. Consumer bug bombs, even those labelled as bedbug treatments often do nothing to the pesticide-resistant bedbugs we're encountering today, and at worst can encourage them to spread to other areas of the home. The best steps for a homeowner to take before deciding to call a professional will be to run bedding through a hot wash and high heat dry cycle, clothes can be dry cleaned or run through high heat dry cycles if the fabric allows it, and minimizing use of the suspected room can help prevent transporting bedbugs between furniture. Be careful when looking at home remedies,as some may not be effective and other suggestions such as the use of isopropyl alcohol can be downright dangerous.

When it comes to bedbugs, a good treatment strategy is key and should always include inspections, physical barriers, and typically pesticide treatments of effected areas. Education is the most effective weapon to fighting bedbugs, to learn more about our treatment protocols or even just what you can do to avoid bringing bedbugs into your home, you can call or text EntoSmart at (281)607-0297 or email us at info@entosmart.com

Our bedbug inspections are free! So if you have concerns about your home, give us a call so we can help put your mind at ease.

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