Bed bugs seem to be in the news and on our minds more and more these days. Why is it that this bug, who at one point seemed to be on the point of total annihilation, is now making daily news?
There are several reasons for this, the first being that we, as a society had virtually eliminated bed bugs in the United States, and many European, Asian and African nations had seen their incidence all but disappear as well. Out of sight does mean out of mind for most people… we forgot about what a problem bed bugs could be, what they looked like and even how to find them.
The second reason is that we used to have access to a whole group of control products that were part of the Chlorinated Hydrocarbon family (think DDT). These products were very easy to use, were very effective at killing bed bugs and without much training or knowledge, a simple application would be effective at eliminating all but the most difficult of infestations.
In the late 1980’s, in response to pressure from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, manufacturers stopped making these products and instead focused on other products with less negative impact on our environment. Because we were not facing bed bug issues, many of these products were not produced with bed bug control in mind. In fact many of them are virtually useless in the control of these resurgent pests.
When you combine these two factors, ignorance and ineffective control products, a problem is bound to get worse before it gets better. Fortunately, the experts at University Termite & Pest Control have dedicated themselves to effective control measures, and the ability to explain what needs to happen for you to live a bed bug free life. Just call us for more information.
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