Why is it so difficult to get rid of bed bugs?
Bed bugs are not only a big problem but they are a problem that’s not easy to solve. Once you have bed bugs, it is crucial to handle the situation properly. If an infestation is not handled correctly, it will only grow as bed bugs have become painfully clever to ensure their continued survival. So let us answer the question, why are they so hard to get rid of?
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eliminate once they’ve established themselves in a dwelling, and they’re on the rise everywhere. What makes it so hard to get rid of bed bugs?
First of all, bed bugs are small, flat, and adept at squeezing themselves into tiny spaces. They can hide in places we’d never think of looking for them, like behind loose wallpaper or under electrical switch plates. To successfully eliminate an infestation, you’ve got to find and kill every viable bed bug, which is not an easy task.
Second, bed bugs multiply quickly. A single female can lay 500 eggs during her life, and within a few months her offspring can reproduce as well. A few individuals introduced to a new environment can increase exponentially. Depending on conditions, bed bugs can produce 3 or 4 generations in one year. Additionally, bed bugs reproduce most quickly in temperatures between 70*deg; and 82*deg; F, right in the range where most people keep their thermostats.
Bed bugs can go a remarkably long time without feeding, should no host be present to provide them with needed blood meals. Scientists have documented adult bed bugs living up to 550 days without eating, and nymphs may last for months. So simply leaving an infested dwelling unoccupied for a few months in hopes of starving them out will do nothing to discourage the little freeloaders.
Just to make their extermination more difficult, bed bugs can sense chemical odors, and may avoid areas where cleaning agents or even pesticides have been applied. Some scientists believe bed bugs have developed a resistance to certain insecticides as well.
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