Along with many other places in the United States, there is currently a resurgence of bed bugs in Texas. Pest control experts believe there are several reasons bed bugs are beginning to thrive again after many years when they were largely under control.
As travel within the United States and abroad becomes a much more common part of daily life for many Americans, it has also become a prime way for bed bugs to expand their territory. Hiding in folds of luggage they hitch a ride from one destination to another, where they take up residence and begin breeding.
Why are bed bugs in Texas getting worse?
In the early 20th century, people traveled less so the opportunity for bed bugs to move was much smaller. Pesticides used to treat bed bugs during this time contained DDT, which was an acceptable and effective method for killing bed bugs. DDT was outlawed in 1972.
Shortly after DDT was banned, other pesticides to treat bed bugs were created. While safer for humans, these new pesticides weren’t as strong and bed bugs soon developed resistance and began to thrive once again.
Are pesticide-free options for bed bug control available?
In response to the growing bed bug problem in Texas, we were the first to offer a pesticide-free bed bug treatment. Heat treatment for bed bugs is an effective method of bed bug pest control that does not require the use of pesticides.
Because much of the public is uninformed about bed bugs, the problem is rapidly reaching an epidemic condition. By learning how they spread, what the symptoms of bed bugs are and how to treat the problem, you can help eliminate the spread of bed bugs and sleep better at night.