Why Bed Bugs Are in the US and What Makes Them Different From the Common Household Bug
History of Bed Bugs in the United States
- Prior to the 1950’s, bed bugs were common pests in many households throughout the United States. Because of insecticides like DDT, Chlordane, and Lindane, they were almost obsolete. In the late 90’s, bed bugs were starting to show up in hotels across the nation. As the years passed, the numbers of new sightings and severities of bed bug infestations continued to grow exponentially and were found in all 50 states. Before long, they were found in residential homes, apartments, schools, businesses, movie theaters, senior health care facilities, furniture outlets, public transportation of all kinds, emergency vehicles and fire stations, libraries, churches, and wherever people socialized or congregated.
- In 2009, the CDC, EPA and other Federal Groups held the first Symposium for Bed Bugs.
- In 2010, the National Pest Management Association established the Blue Ribbon Bed Bug Task Force, a broad-based stakeholder group whose goal is the development of an industry-wide, comprehensive response to the bed bug pandemic sweeping the globe, including education, standards, policy, and research.
- As a result of the efforts of the Task Force, NPMA released the Bed Bug Best Management Practices in January 2011. These guidelines are intended to help pest management professionals control bed bugs effectively, responsibly, and safely.
Who is At Risk?
- About 7 Billion People Worldwide!
- If you have blood – you are at risk
- People who go into others homes for a living – fire and emergency –home health care – maintenance workers, etc.
Why Bed Bugs are so Different and Difficult to Eliminate
- A change in inherited characteristics significantly altered the way they respond to pesticides through resistance.
- You can’t use standard remediation techniques (spray & pray) to affectively eliminate Bed Bugs.
- Due to the way Bed Bugs develop and feed, infestations may go unnoticed for great periods of time. You may not know you have them until there is a large infestation.
- Due to reproduction, you can have a large scale infestation within 120 days.
- Due to their hardy nature, bed bugs have the ability to hide and survive for great lengths of time (including seasonal homes) without a meal and in many weather conditions.
How they reproduce so quickly
- A pregnant female can lay 8-12 eggs a day and 200-300 eggs in its lifetime.
- The eggs hatch in 3 to 10 days from the day they were laid.
- They reach the adult phase/breeding age in about 21-31 days.
- 1 pregnant female can cause a serious infestation in 120 days.
(Based on the statistics above, at the 120 day mark there would be approximately 29,040 eggs, 19,440 in the nymph stage, and 10,081 adult)
120 Day Reproductive Chart/Infestation Growth
Bed Bugs are a growing epidemic in the United States. In the great state of Ohio, we have 3 of the top 20 areas known for the Bed Bug Infestation. Orkin’s top 20 worst bed bug cities currently place Columbus at #5, Cincinnati at #8 and Cleveland-Akron-Canton Area at #13. Do not let your business fall victim to the rapidly growing outbreak. The best defense we have is knowledge and education. Do not let your household or business fall victim to the stresses related with having Bed Bugs. Minimize your chances of having Bed Bugs! Our business decreases your chances of Bad Reviews!
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