Leading Cause of Bed Bugs is Travel
In the 1970s and 80s, bed bugs were scarce because of pesticides and other older chemicals used to eliminate ants and cockroaches.
The pesticides eliminated bed bugs; however, they were still seen once in a great while. Today things are changing. Bed bugs are becoming an increasing problem. We are constantly seeing it on worldwide news; why is this?
In places like Mexico (a real hotbed for bed bugs!) and South America, bed bugs have always been a big problem. They’ve 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 fascinating article for the Detroit Free Press. In his article, he highlights where bed bugs first came from, something I’ve been interested in but have yet to find much information on.
According to Bordsen, human beg bugs or Cimex lectularius first became a problem when humans lived in caves; Bat bugs 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 claims you can’t detect bed bugs until their population is around 200! In a room about 70 degrees and 40 bugs, give it six months, and there would be 5,905 bugs! So imagine not knowing until you have 200 bed bugs. In our FAQ, we discuss the reproductive habits of a bed bug.
When it comes down to it, the leading 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!
When I say money, I’m talking about thousands of dollars! That’s how much people spend these days to get rid of bed bugs, and sometimes that doesn’t even work! Looking for bed bugs when you are on vacation or traveling can save you time, stress, and money in the long run.
For more information on bed bugs, check out our FAQ section.