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Bed Bugs Explained

Bed bugs: Once in your home they are hard to get rid of. There are a lot of remedies out there, but professional help will be the best option. How did you get them and where did they come from? How do they get to different places in the first place? Read on to find out.

Where Did Bed Bugs begin from?

Mankind have been dealing with bed bugs most likely since the beginning of times. We lived in caves and so did the bed bugs. Bed bugs in believed to have originated in the middle east.

As early civilization begins to grow and spread throughout the continent, bedbugs were introduced to new regions. There is documentation that struggles with the pest were on going as documented by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.

As time progressed bed bugs begin to spread to different regions such as Asia, Europe, and Africa, not leaving any preferences between the poor and the rich populations. All households were affected. As Europeans moved towards the Americas, the pest followed them as hitchhikers to the states. Bed bugs the proliferating kings occupy every continent with the exception of Anarctica.

Cons and Pros of Using DDT

DDT was developed to in the 1940’s to help decrease the transmission of:

  • Malaria
  • Typhus
  • And illness that affect the troops and civilians due to disease spreading form bed bugs

DDT was widley used as the go to product to prevent bed bugs. It worked very well against bed bug infestations and was very common during this era.

Although it was very popular, its usage had some serious downsides to the health of the users and people used around. It was later classified as a carcinogen and a danger to the environment including birds in large. On top of that, it appeared not to be winning the battle against bed bugs. Because of the many downsides, DDT was banned in 1972. It had appeared anyway the bed bug population was defeated.

Bed Bugs Big Return

Since the 1980s, bed bug has notably been increasing across the globe including major outbreaks in the United States.

Sciences point to various contributing factors causing the rising number of infestations:

  • Travel from different parts of the world to and from US
  • Buying thrift store furniture and relocating it to homes
  • Hotels changing pest control programs to quarterly and sometimes yearly
  • Resistance to pesticides (even DDT)

How Do You Get Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs are excellent hitchhikes and can attach themselves to:

  • Hari
  • Skin
  • Clothes
  • Animal Fur
  • And luggage

Most people believe bed bugs are associated with dirty homes. First of all, bed bugs do not discriminate. They are found in Theaters, 5-star hotels, and even hospitals. Bed bugs will hide in cracks and crevices on any surface, such as suitcases, beds, collars on shirts. They will find their way in to have easy access to your blood.

Where Can You Find Bed Bugs?

Here are just a few examples of places you can find bed bugs:

  • In the tucks or seams of bedding and mattresses
  • In furniture joints (especially beds)
  • Between cushions on couches, chairs, or benches in homes or public places, such as movie theaters, trains, and buses
  • Inside electrical sockets
  • In cracks or gaps in the walls, molding, or floorboards
  • Inside laptops

What Are the Signs of Bed Bug Infestation?

When traveling recognize signs of bed bugs such as: read stains on the pillowcases, or on your mattress. Keep your luggage away from beds and walls. Check your luggage and clothing before you bring it home.  If you need to remove an infestation from your home, don’t wait to involve a professional, as these pests are notoriously hard to get rid of, and the process will need to be extensive and thorough.

At Truly Green Pest Control we understand how stressful and painful a bed bug infestation in your home can be. If you need help eliminating a bed bug problem in Kansas City, Overland Park or surrounding areas call 816-377-2811