31 May Bedbugs are hard to kill, here is why
Ask any homeowner who has dealt with a bedbug infestation, how hard these tiny critters are to kill. And they will narrate their horror story to you. Waking up in the middle of the night suspecting that the vampires are it again.
Throwing away everything that had small bloodspots on it fearing that the bugs might return. Discarding almost brand new furniture that had bedbug clusters on it. People have extreme reactions to bed bugs and the resilient nature of these creatures make them one of the most difficult pests to eliminate fully.
In the recent past, New York went through a massive bed bug epidemic.
And a lot of new discoveries were made along the way. Some of them also shed light on why bed bugs are so difficult to kill.
The Ability to hide
Bedbugs have an innate ability to hide in places where even the PCO cannot reach. They can slip behind a wallpaper. They can get inside a switchboard cover or just about anywhere that their flat and tiny bodies allow them to. To completely remove a bedbug infestation, you have to ensure that every single bug is killed. Now that’s a tall ask.
Bedbugs can multiply into thousands in the span of days. A single female can lay up to 500 eggs in her lifespan. Think about what a hundred females can do to your house. Is your skin crawling already?
Bedbugs love the temperature that most people set their thermostat at. 70-82 deg is their perfect breeding habitat.
Bedbugs have evolved
They may look exactly like they did a few million years ago. But they have evolved to adapt to the changes in their surroundings. As part of a defense mechanism, bed bugs have developed a resistance to the commonly used pesticides to kill them. So, a few years ago, a fumigation with deltamethrin and beta-cyfluthrin would have been enough to kill most bugs in your house. Today, it would take at least 111 times more beta-cyfluthrin to kill them and almost 5200 times more deltamethrin. So, unless we develop newer pesticides that are toxic to these critters, it is going to become all the more difficult to eliminate them completely.
What treatment works?
Recently, bed bugs heat treatment has proven to be extremely effective in removing almost 99.9% bed bugs from premises. It involves the use of heat chambers which increases the temperature of the room and the walls to 56 degrees which are fatal to the bugs in all stages of their lifecycle. So irrespective of whether there are adult bugs or unhatched eggs, everything gets toasted within minutes.
This treatment is a lot more effective than fumigation because it leaves the bedbugs with no room to hide. With a uniform temperature across the room, even if they hide behind the switchboard, they will still be killed.
If you are interested in knowing more about this, then speak to your Bed bugs removal Vancouver company today.