Bed bugs are a major nuisance not only at home but for travelers around the world. The bugs pose an uncomfortable situation as their bites are extremely itchy and create unbecoming rashes. For some, bed bug bites result in an allergic reaction.
Innovations are coming out to help travelers deal with the bed bug scene. For example, it has been determined that when bed bugs are subjected to heat on the outside of luggage, the vast majority of the bugs are eliminated. Heat has become a promising tool for professional NYC bed bug exterminators.
The research was conducted using soft-sided suitcases where bed bugs often hitch rides. Male bed bugs were placed on the outside and then they were exposed to heat. In less than 10 minutes, all but one of the 250 bed bugs had been killed.
It was also determined that bed bugs placed on the outside of the luggage and left at room temperature for 24 hours were not as active as might be expected. In this study, only three percent of the bed bugs moved inside the luggage supporting the observation that the use of heat has a positive impact on decreasing the spread of bed bugs.
Bed bug problems are on the rise in the NJ area and around the USA thanks to these pests’ ability to resist common sprays. Researchers found that bed bugs have developed resistance to sprays that contain neonicotinoids, which are the most common chemicals used in insecticides.
Increased Resistance to Insecticides
Scientists discovered that bed bugs are increasingly able to survive exposure to neonicotinoids, making it much more difficult to eradicate these pests. In terms of concentration levels, researchers found that the effective dose has increased by up to 1,000 times. This has led scientists to push for bed bug eradication measures that focus on using non-chemical methods.
Bed bugs in the 1940s and 1950s were typically killed with DDT and other kinds of insecticides with powerful chemicals. However, these pests developed a resistance to these chemicals, as well as the follow-on chemical, pyrethroid, that was successful for a while. Over the years, bed bugs have continued to evolve a resistance to new chemicals that were developed, produced, and then in turn had a relatively short term of success.
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Legendary stories of bed bugs morphing into super bed bugs that sneer and defiantly stare when confronted by powerful pesticides may not be filling the Internet (at least not presently) but blogs and articles have been focusing on the terrifying prospect of bed bugs becoming resistant to our prized pesticides.
Some claim that the pesticides are actually aiding the enemy and have produced pesticide resistance bed bugs. Is this true? Probably not. What actually happens, a few lucky bed bugs are naturally resistant to a particular pesticide and manage to survive the battle with the bug killer. Their cohorts were not fortunate enough to have been born with the genetically made protection and they are destroyed by the pesticide. The disputed pesticide has been wrongfully accused of creating super durable bed bugs. The bug killer should be praised for removing the vast majority of the bed bugs and not blamed for creating insecticide resistant bed bugs.
Unfortunately, the beg bugs that have the natural resistance to a particular pesticide mate with other beg bugs and the genetic resistance is given to their multitude of offspring. Soon a thriving population of bed bugs, resistant to a prestigious pesticide is formed. What to do? Use another pesticide or another strategy. The battle must go on.