Bed bugs are everywhere.
Not literally, but you know what we mean.
It seems that you can’t go anywhere without hearing about a news story, case study, or real life nightmare about a beg bug infestation.
From five star hotels, to international timeshares, to luxury apartments, college campuses, military and oil field housing, and a whole lot more, bed bugs are constantly hitching rides to new places.
Bed bugs have been a pest across the globe for centuries. And typically, there is a negative stigma associated with them and the cleanliness of the infested area, but that has been proven to be unfounded. Bed bugs don’t discriminate, and while a cluttered or dirty environment may make an eradication more complicated, it doesn’t necessarily invite infestation.
With world travel more accessible than ever, people can hop on a plane, train, or automobile and pick up an unwanted (and initially unknown) hitchhiker in the form of these pesky insects.
Class, gender, age, influence, and cleanliness be darned, all humans are to bed bugs is food. Recently, there has seemingly been a resurgence in bed bug infestations, which is likely due to factors such as:
- A general increase in activity among bed bugs
- More frequent encounters due to increased international travel
- Changes in pest management practices
- Increased tolerance to pesticides
- A lack of public awareness
According to the National Pest Management Association, bed bugs are known to infest apartments, condos, single family homes, hotels and motels. It’s estimated that 99.6 percent of pest control professionals dealt with bed bugs in the last year, while 20 percent of Americans have been infested or know someone who has in their life.
So, how did this all start, and how do you go about eliminating bed bugs? Check out this article by Colorado Tri-Flo Systems’ own Pete Dame called “Beat The Bug,” or keep reading below for a quick summary.
And if you’re looking for electric bed bug heaters that will get the job done, contact Colorado Tri-Flo Systems today.
The History Of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs have been a common problem for decades, and likely even longer, up until the World War II era. It was then that infestations in the United States were virtually eliminated after the widely used enforcement of pesticides like DDT. However, during the late 1990’s, bed bugs returned with a vengeance, particularly in hotel guest rooms, in a number of countries.
As the industry practices continued to center around the use of pesticides, the bed bugs began to evolve. Treatments focused on targeted applications of baits, rather than routinely scheduled treatments of baseboards and mattresses, which allowed bed bugs to travel to the bed, chair, or sofa and begin an infestation. Furthermore, bed bugs have now began developing a thicker cuticle, leading to an increased resistance to the chemical pesticides commonly used by professionals.
But one of the biggest reasons for bed bug infestations is that people simply don’t realize they exist.
Because of their ability to hitchhike, just one night with a bed bug infestation will greatly increase your chances of bringing them wherever you go.
People may pick up unattended, or “giveaway” furniture items that they may not realize has been infested, and they bring it right into their home and may not realize they even have a problem for several months.
Bed bugs often feast at night, which makes them hard to detect or notice, and their symptoms are often unnoticeable as well. In the cases that symptoms do occur, they can be mistaken for scabies, allergic reactions, or something else entirely.
The Keys To Bed Bug Eradication
It’s been proven that heat is the best method to eliminate bed bugs quickly, efficiently, and completely. By using an electric bed bug heater, hotels, homeowners, and facility managers can eliminate and prevent infestations from spreading. Here are a few tips for successful eradication.
- Identify The Problem: Bed bug detection, whether human or canine, is the first major step. Infestations can be detected by either a colony of bugs, or dark fecal blood stains on mattresses or skeletons around the bedposts.
- Gauging The Severity: This will help you determine a plan of attack, such as how powerful of a heater you need, how aggressive you need to be, and how quickly you need to act.
- Determine The Process: While chemical treatment is among the most common method, we highly recommend the use of heat to eradicate bed bugs. Our electric bed bug heaters can be used with the power available in the room, helping to cut down on costs and the need for other equipment. Plus, as opposed to chemicals, there is no need for licensing or certification. Electric bed bug heaters reach and maintain the “kill temperatures” between 119 and 121 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes them discreet, easy to use, and effective.
- Take Preventative Measures: Hotels and hospitality facilities can get in big trouble if they don’t show that they take some preventative measures against bed bugs on a routine basis. Not to mention, you can lose out on valuable business, take a reputational hit, or worse. Bed bugs are here to stay, so it’s important you take the right steps towards fighting them. Contact Colorado Tri-Flo Systems to learn more.