In the 1970’s and 80’s bed bugs were pretty scarce because of pesticides and other older chemistry that was used to get rid of ants and cockroaches as well. The pesticides pretty much eliminated bed bugs all together, however they were still seen once in a great while. Today things are changing. Bed bugs are becoming more and more of a problem. We are constantly seeing it on the news all around the world, why is this?
In places like Mexico (a real hot bed for bed bugs!) and South America bed bugs have always been rampant. In fact they’ve probably developed a resistance to some of the compounds that we use today. So the little “hitchhiker” bugs come home with travelers thus spreading more and more.
John Bordsen (MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS) wrote a very interesting article for the Detroit Free Press. In his article he highlights where bed bugs first came from, something I’ve been interested in but haven’t been able to find a lot of information on. According to Bordsen human beg bugs or Cimex lectularius first became a problem when humans lived in caves, they are actually associated with bats (they both drink blood). According to research bed bugs came to America from Europe at the same time as the first settlers did.
Here’s some more shocking news: research says that you really can’t detect bed bugs until their population is around 200! In our FAQ we discuss the reproductive habits of a bed bug. In a room that is around 70 degrees and there are 40 bugs give it six months and there would be 5,905 bugs! So imagine not knowing until you have 200 bed bugs.
When it comes down to it the main cause of bed bugs is travel. Therefore no motel or hotel is worse than another, it all depends on if someone has been there who has bed bugs. This also means bed bugs can be found in homes, apartments, schools and businesses. So what can you do? First and foremost be cautious! Taking the time to look for bed bugs when you are on vacation or traveling can save you time, stress and money in the long run. When I say money I mean thousands of dollars! That’s how much people are spending these days to get rid of bed bugs and sometimes that doesn’t even work!
For more information on bed bugs check out our FAQ section and Checklist, both found at the top of the page. This will help ensure that you will stay bed bug free!