Over the past few years, you’ve no doubt heard about the “bed bug epidemic,” but what is it that has caused the surge in bed bug outbreaks? Why are bed bug infestations making a comeback when for the decades prior bed bugs were pushed into relative obscurity?
There are two parts to this equation: the increase in global travel and the ineffectiveness of bed bug treatments used for bed bug control. Because bed bugs are easy to contract and difficult to get rid of, there has been an increase in the spread of bed bugs in recent years.
How Globalization Increases Bed Bug Outbreaks
The increase in global travel in recent decades is one of the reasons we have seen increased cases of bed bugs. The most common ways that bed bugs are spread from place to place is through travel. Whether you’re staying at a local hotel or a Caribbean resort thousands of miles away, bed bugs can be an issue! The annoying critters take advantage of unsuspecting travellers and hop aboard your luggage to find a new place to start a colony when you return home.
Bed bugs multiply extremely rapidly (learn more about their speedy lifecycle) so even if you only bring a few back you may be dealing with a massive bed bug infestation in a very short time.
Because bed bugs are often found in places such as hotels, which have a high turnover rate, a high number of people can be affected by a single bed bug outbreak, causing an exponential problem.
How Bed Bug Treatments Affect Bed Bug Infestations
The problem many people deal with once they find they have a bed bug infestation is that it can be extremely difficult to get rid of them without professional help. The array of treatments available at your local store simply aren’t as effective as the commercial grade bed bug treatments that are offered by professionals.
Some bed bug treatments adopted by homeowners that don’t know better can even worsen the problem. For instance, using a generic ‘bug bomb’ to try to eliminate bed bugs can cause them to scatter to other rooms in your home, rather than kill them.
Usually a bed bug control company must be called to get rid of bed bugs, before the bed bug infestation has a chance to worsen. Professional bed bug control companies have stronger pesticides and alternative bed bug treatments (such as heat and freeze treatments) that aren’t available to homeowners.
Magical Pest Control’s Bed Bug Treatments
If you’re dealing with a frustrating bed bug outbreak in your home, Magical Pest Control is here to help. Our team of trained technicians is at the ready to inspect your home and provide you with bed bug treatment options that are guaranteed to get rid of the critters. Call us at (905) 738-6676 for a free consultation.