Insecticide-resistant Bed Bugs in Southern Maine
Creepy, crawly bed bugs are one of the worst pests to find in your home. Since bed bugs are tiny and efficient travelers, they can infiltrate your home in a number of ways, but often via luggage or handbags that were modes of transportation from an infested area like a hotel or another home. Bed bugs are parasites, feeding off the blood of you and your family members. You want them gone as soon as possible, but with insecticide-resistant bed bugs in southern Maine, how can you send them packing for good?
The Problem with Bed Bugs
Bed bugs have been around for decades, but only back in our hotels and homes in more recent years. The blood-suckers were all but eliminated when Dichlorvos (DDVP) hit the market in the 1960s, but this insecticide was found to contaminate water and soil, as well as extending its toxicity to beyond just bed bugs, so its use is no longer common (or recommended). The biggest problem with bed bugs we are seeing these days is their resistance to other insecticides. The Environmental Protection Agency has over 300 registered products that can be used to kill bed bugs, but even the EPA suggests using multiple products at the same time since the products affect the bugs differently and they can quickly become resistant.
The other problem with bed bugs is their ability to hide. So even if you use an effective combination of insecticides, the bugs could still flee to hide in electrical outlets, behind wall hangings, in bedside tables and even in baseboards. This is an aggravating problem with treating infestations in multiple unit buildings, such as hotels and apartments. If you treat one unit or room, the bugs can simply move on to the next one through the walls. With this in mind, many feel the best option for bed bug removal is tenting or fogging, to treat the entire building. While this has proven to be effective, it’s a massive inconvenience to residents and building owners as they have to evacuate the premises for days. The chemicals used in fogging can also leave behind residue.
If You Can’t Take the Heat…
At Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control, we know about insecticide-resistant bed bugs in southern Maine because we’ve dealt with them first hand in our own family. This is how we developed our extremely effective, non-toxic heat treatments. Bed bugs can’t stand the heat. In fact, one of the prevention methods suggested is to put clothing in the dryer after a trip or leave outside in the heat for days to kill off any bed bug hitchhikers. We employ the same heat theory that kills the bugs as well as their eggs without chemicals, fumes, residue or home evacuation.
Taking Bed Bugs Down
Are you struggling with defeating insecticide-resistant bed bugs in southern Maine? With a name like Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control, bed bugs are literally our business. We are family owned and dedicated to protecting your home as if it were ours. Beyond bed bugs, we can help control everything from bees and flies to cockroaches and ants. All of your pest control needs will be taken care of, just call (207) 650-8654 today!