Once a common household pest in the 19th century, bed bugs have gradually reduced in numbers due to the many treatments invented to make our lives easier. However, they’re making a comeback due to increased international travel. Who knows, you could be bringing them home.
How Bed Bugs are Traveling
You, along with other holidaymakers and business people, can inadvertently bring these tiny visitors back (unnoticed) since they hide in items being put in a luggage or suitcase. As soon as you reach home, they crawl into the nooks and crannies of your house — typically, the mattress — where they lie in wait for a person to bite.
In fact, you could even take them home from your airplane seat. A British airline company recently came under fire after customers were bitten by bed bugs on board an aircraft. The airplane later had to be disinfected before it could be used again.
Bed Bugs Resistant to Pesticides?
Bed bugs these days are becoming more resistant to pesticides. They have evolved over time and now have genes that protect them against sprays. Like how head lice are becoming resistant to lotions and antibiotics bred superbugs, bed bugs are now shielded against efforts to destroy them.
Good thing, you have an alternative. Custom Bedbug explains that a heat bed bug treatment is a pesticide-free way to get rid of bed bugs, and that they will not develop a resistance to it.
What is Heat Treatment
Heat treatment uses special mobile heaters to dry-heat all rooms. The hot air circulation gets into all the crevices and kills bed bugs and their eggs. Infected rugs, beddings, and furniture are treated, too. This process takes a day to complete. As no chemicals are involved, there is usually no reoccurrence of bed bugs.
Traveling is one of the reasons you could be bringing home these unwanted pests. If your house is already infested because of this, but you don’t want to use harsh chemicals, it’s best to choose a natural and safe alternative like heat treatment.