Pesticide Resistant Bed Bugs on the Rise

Bed bugs that have developed a resistance to the chemicals used to exterminate them are on the rise in concentrated metropolitan areas such as New York City. Professional bed bug exterminators are seeing more bed bug infestations that do not respond adequately to the professional pesticides used by most pest control companies.

This chemical resistance is a nationwide problem that was first noticed a couple of years ago in heavily-infested cities like NYC. At first the phenomenon was considered relatively rare, but incidents of pesticide-resistant bed bugs have been multiplying and are now fairly common.

Bed bugs have proven to be highly adaptable. Use of the powerful pesticide DDT effectively rid the U.S. of bed bugs in the 1950s. Decades later when these pests started returning to the U.S. in the luggage of international travelers, scientists discovered that new bed bug populations had developed an immunity to now-banned DDT. The same cycle is repeating with today’s pesticides, making them increasingly less effective on bed bugs.

Fortunately, pest control professionals have other options that are even more effectively than chemicals at killing bed bugs. Bed bugs are temperature sensitive and perish when exposed to extreme cold or heat. Heat chambers are effective in killing bed bugs hiding in clothing and possessions but take time to exterminate household infestations. Cryonite, on the other hand, kills bed bugs instantly with a blast of sub-zero “snow.” Find out more about Cryonite on our website.