Are We Really Winning The Battle Against Bed Bugs?
With bed bugs popping up just about everywhere including movie theaters, restaurants, universities and trains, it appears that the battle against bed bugs is long from over. Our daily habits seem to a real problem if we are to every get rid of these pests given insecticides such as DDT are banned from usage.
People leave their homes (or their mattress) to go to work where many take public transportation. This in itself can be an easy way to pick up a hitch hiker on the way to work. Once at work many people go to meetings or move around frequently improving the chances of bringing home bed bugs. During lunch one might find themselves at a local restaurant or lunch room where people frequently come and go yet again improving the chances of bringing one home. These routine patters continue throughout the day until your right back on your mattress where the day began.
Bed bugs have had the best chance of survival and spreading inside hotel mattresses, but now it’s not just the hotels, trains and buses that have become breading grounds for bed bugs. As the issues spreads, they are being found in places you would never think of including doctor waiting rooms, in a dentist chair or even a clothing store.
Another major issue is that only about 60% of the population show bite marks. Imagine an apartment where one person is being bitten 20-40 times per night without even knowing it. After a few months bed bugs begin to spread to the neighboring apartments where the occupants begin to notice bites and begin to treat. Although the occupants who notice the bites begin treating, they may be unsuccessful until the neighbor with no bite reactions finds physical traces of bed bugs, blood spots or fecal matter. Even if this person finds traces, they may wait or refuse to take action.
Treating bed bugs can cost government agencies, businesses, families and universities hundreds or thousands of dollars to treat and there is not guarantee that they won’t just pop up again in a week, month or year. The cost may become so high that some may be forced to stop treating due to lack of funds. This to will likely make the issue worse.
Until people work on the prevention side of bed bugs it will be difficult to fully defeat bed bugs. Products like SafeRest mattress and box spring encasements, climbup insect interceptors and packtite heaters are great tools and can dramatically reduce the chances of having a bed bug infestation.