The Truth about bed bugs:
- Literature from the 1700’s references bed bugs
- While it is sometimes necessary to replace bedding in a heavy infestation, it is not always necessary. If they are on the mattress, they are also likely to be in the box spring, bed frame, adjacent furniture, any cracks and crevices near the bed and beyond in an established infestation.
- Other bugs can be on the bed; for example carpet beetles have been observed on bedding
- Bed bugs are not known to transmit disease
- Even the most meticulous housekeeper can introduce bed bugs into the household. Five star hotels and those cleaned to rigorous standards can also become infested.
- Bed bugs do not survive outdoors. They are completely dependent on man (and perhaps animals) for survival and transportation from one location to another.
- Bed bugs can live for months without feeding. They are also equipped to detect their food sources (warm-blooded creatures) and will seek you out.
- Due to the nocturnal feeding habits and preference for harborage in cracks or out of the way places, foggers and do-it-yourself products are not particularly effective. A great deal of training goes into preparing a technician for bed bug eradication.
- As with flea and mosquito bites, people have different reactions to bed bug bites.
History of Bed Bug Treatment
Prior to the mid-1940’s bed bugs were widespread throughout the United States and Europe, dating back to cabe dwellings. During WWII, a product was developed to combat mosquitoes to stop the spread of malaria and lice. Ever heard of DDT? DDT was one of the first products with the ability to kill bed bugs long after application. It was popular, readily available and widely used in the 1940’s. Bed bug populations declined rapidly, nearly to the point of non-existence for many years.