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Chemicals Used for Fighting Bed Bug Infestations Are No Longer Working

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Before World War ll, bed bugs were a common insect here in the US.

The growth of synthetic pesticides accelerated in the 1940s [1] with the discovery of the effects of DDT on bed bugs.

DDT was widely used to reduce infestations and it appeared to diminish the bug until the late 1990’s.

For the past twenty years, bed bugs have made a serious comeback worldwide.

Resistance Issues

Like the same resistance issues that we are seeing with antibiotics; bed bugs have developed resistance to the most commonly used pesticides.

David Lilly from the University of Sydney, conducts research on the biological mechanisms that help bed bugs survive exposure to pesticides.

In his tests he found that the bed bugs exoskeleton has thickened and resists the use of chemicals.

Resistance occurs when a chemical has lost its ability to kill bed bugs and they continue to multiply in the presence of chemicals.

Declining Performance of Chemicals

Because chemicals don’t affect the eggs, chemical treatments must be repeated to kill the newly hatched.

It turns out that our chemical intervention is not working as designed.

Unfortunately, people are spending hundreds of dollars on products that aren’t working.

The declining performance of chemical treatments has created the need for alternative treatments using non-chemical methods.

The Learning Curve for Chemicals

Killing bed bugs is easy if you can find all their hiding places.

Problem is, bed bugs hide in places where you normally can’t see them.

And if you don’t kill every bug and destroy every egg, you haven’t eliminated your problem.

So, people saturate whole rooms missing areas where the bed bugs hide and lay eggs.

Most people don’t understand the nature of bed bugs, resistance issues, the mode of action of the chemicals and tend to overuse them.

Many of these products flush bed bugs out of their hiding places and may cause the bed bug to move, thus spreading them even further.

This contributes to more resistance issues and worsens the problem.

Affordability Issues

Because of the bed bugs natural ability to hide in small crevices; treatments cost much more than other insects.

Sometimes more than a month’s mortgage or rent payment.

For those with large or double incomes, as inconvenient as they may be, they can still afford the services of a professional.

Financial options for low-income families are limited.

Best Bed Bug Solution for Low-income

Heat is the most effective non-chemical bed bug treatment that takes care of the problem in one day compared to weeks and maybe months with chemicals.

Heat is fast, efficient and safe for the environment.

Heat penetrates to reach bed bugs in areas where they hide.

Heat eliminates bed bugs at every stage of development, including bed bug eggs.

Heat helps those who can’t afford professional treatments, costing less than the store-bought treatments in the long run.

Nashville Bed Bugs rents the same equipment that they use for a fraction of the cost of their professional treatments.

So, if affording a professional doesn’t fit your budget, we can supply you with the tools you need for a successful bed bug treatment.

Give us a call today!


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