So why are bed bugs making a comeback now? It would seem to make sense that with improvements in technology, fighting bed bugs would be easier than ever. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Fighting bed bugs has been made more troublesome for a variety of factors.
With the elimination of DDT as a viable chemical treatment, the bed bug extermination industry lost the most potent bed bug treatment ever known. However, we should be thankful it’s gone. DDT is extremely harmful both to humans and the environment. Some people have suggested that DDT should be brought back solely for the purpose of fighting bed bugs because they are resistant to so many other bed bug treatments available.
That is not something we should be considering. There are other much safer treatments that will not put your family’s health at risk, such as heat and freeze treatments. If you’re currently experiencing a bed bug infestation in your home, we highly recommend you consider our safe, effective and eco-friendly options.
It’s not just the ban of DDT that has caused the revival of bed bugs. Other factors such increased travel, complacency and increasing resistance in bed bugs must also be taken into consideration as well.
Because DDT virtually eliminated bed bugs for several decades before DDT was banned, there is a lack of knowledge about what bed bugs are, where they come from and how to most effectively deal with them.
The best thing you can do to prevent getting an infestation is to arm yourself with knowledge, especially if you travel often. People who stay in hotels on a regular basis are at a higher risk of transferring bed bugs into their homes. To learn how you can protect yourself while traveling, read our blog post on the subject.
If you suspect you already have bed bugs in your home, do not despair. Today’s treatments are safe and effective. If you think that you may be a target of these pests, give us a call at (905) 738-6676 or contact us online. We do free consultations over the phone and we’ll help you determine which bed bug treatment will work best for your bed bug problem.