Keeping this article’s title in mind let’s address the question as to how the bed bug epidemic, in this country, has spread in as far reaching a manner as it has. We will also discuss how these insects manage, so well, to infest homes and apartments, once they reach their destination and finally why they are so difficult to eliminate with treatment. Bed bugs have probably now arrived into every state, in this country. There is a list available on-line of the top 50 bed bug cities and the question begs answered: how has this happened?
Let us start by pointing out that bed bugs are the most notorious hitchhikers in the insect world and vampires all, as they are looking to feed on our blood. This need to hitchhike has obviously become one of this species genetic survival modes and no insect out there does it better. The problem is they do not exactly ask for a ride, as is suggested above, they just hop on and are pretty much happy to end up wherever you take them. Some genetic instinct is telling them “stick with you and there will be a meal in their future.”
Unfortunately that meal is ultimately us, for as they look to feed, they follow the trail of carbon dioxide we exhale and generally do this at night, as we sleep. Now most people tend to think we pick these insects up when we stay in an infested hotel room and then they hop onto our clothing or into our suitcases and end up spreading the infestation, from this original point of origin, to our homes.
Certainly this is all true, but by no means is it the exclusive method of bed bug infestations. Bed bugs can be found in movie theaters, car and trucks, people’s living rooms, or just about any place that has had a bed bug introduced into that environment and offers a nice cozy place for them to hide. Just recently the entire Goodwill warehouse servicing the entire San Francisco Bay Area was shut down, due to a bed bug infestation, and required extensive treatment. Now Goodwill does not accept mattress or box springs, so quite obviously the infestation was introduced on clothing and furniture donations.
So we have now assisted the bed bug into finding a new home, unwitting chauffeur as we may be, and what exactly are they doing immediately upon “checking in” to their new home? First order of business is to find a real good place to hide. Now the bedroom seems to be the one room most impacted, because that is where we bring our suitcases to unpack from a trip, or to remove our clothing after arriving home, or indeed it is where we sleep and are most vulnerable to their feeding. After hopping off of their ride they seek out cracks, crevices, mattresses and box springs, protected areas in around headboards, behind wall switch plates or fixtures, behind pictures and mirrors, in clothing or debris on closet floors, in the folds of drapes and blinds, and just about anywhere else that provides a very cozy place to hide. Remember they are only really looking to come out to feed and the best time to do that is as we sleep.
To further exacerbate the problem the females immediately start to lay eggs and those eggs are always laid in the most hidden of locales. These eggs begin to hatch in 10-14 days and ensure a whole new generation of bed bugs, to plague us. Furthermore there are few organic substances on earth tougher than a bed bug egg.
Besides being well hidden away it is practically impervious to destruction; spraying it does not kill it, using almost any type of pesticide. The only way to deal with an unhatched bed bug egg, short of a flamethrower or extremely high heat is to, is to let it hatch and kill the newly hatched nymph as quickly as possible. Only 40% of the bed bugs, in any infestation, will be visible, at any given time, and you must kill all of them visible and hidden, to completely eliminate the infestation.
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If you do not kill every bed bug in an infestation it will just keep regenerating itself. Lights Out begins the onset of insect mortality within minutes of contact to the visible bed bugs and will continue to work, for thirty days against the hidden bed bugs, thus effectively eliminating the bed bug infestation. If you have unwillingly given bed bugs a ride home Lights Out, used according to the Guide For Use, will give them another ride; right out of your life!