The Resilient Bed Bug

bed bugBed bugs are among the most despicable pests that can invade your home or business. They are literally bloodsuckers, feeding on human blood to survive. Bed bug saliva contains anticoagulants and anesthetics so that the host does not feel anything when they bite. Most victims have no idea they have been a meal until they discover irritated red bumps on their body.

It is infamously easy to introduce bed bugs to any building, and unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to kill them. They have evolved to last, and there are many factors that contribute to their devious success. This makes extermination a tough task.

Built to Survive

Bed bugs are masters of evasion. They are tiny and their bodies are flat, allowing them to access the smallest hiding spaces. Not only does this make them difficult to spot, but it allows them to safely avoid detection in unlikely locations. This means they can masterfully hitch a ride to spread more misery from location to location. Much like termites, their hard exoskeleton serves as a protective shield against the elements. Although they have a voracious appetite for blood, even a lack of immediate resources is not a death sentence. Bed bugs can last for over 500 days without any sustenance. Even young and developing bed bug nymphs can survive for months without food. Perhaps most disturbing, bed bugs have evolved to combat our efforts in eliminating them. They have developed a resistance to many of the chemicals used to eradicate common bug infestations.

A Family Legacy

Bed bugs reproduce at an alarming rate. At just a few months old, a single female bed bug can begin laying as many as 500 eggs in her lifetime. Those 500 new bloodsuckers will be ready to keep multiplying in a matter of months, too. This means that infestations can grow incredibly quickly. In one year, you can have as many as four generations of bed bugs living in your home or office. All it takes is two bed bugs, or a pregnant female, to sneak into your clothing, luggage, or handbag for a full invasion to ensue in your home or business within a very short time.

What Can Be Done?

If you have a bed bug problem, don’t despair. Call for help as soon as you notice even a single bed bug, so that the problem can be halted before it explodes into an even more dire situation. Pest control professionals have worked tirelessly to stay one step ahead of their masterful survival tactics. There are some chemicals proven to kill these pests, and only a trained exterminator has the access and the know-how to use them. It may take multiple treatments to fully solve the problem if it is already severe, but it absolutely can be done. Please do not try to confront your bed bug problem on your own, as amateur efforts will only waste precious time and can even be dangerous if you are dealing with harsh, yet inefficient, pesticides. Experts in pest control are trained and determined to solve even your worst bed bug problems.

The Takeaway

While the tenacious survival abilities of the bed bug may be, in some way, rather impressive from an evolutionary perspective, that does not grant them a warm welcome in our homes and businesses. These are nasty, bloodsucking pests that can rapidly wreak havoc in your life. If you suspect a bed bug problem, contact a professional immediately.

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