Why Are Bed Bugs A Public Health Menace?
Unlike some pests, bed bugs don’t transmit diseases. They do, however, pose a number of serious health problems. Some folks are allergic to bed bug bites. In severe cases, this can produce an anaphylactic shock. Infected bites can lead to impetigo, ecthyma, or lymphangitis.
Those who are required to live with bed bugs may also find difficulty sleeping. Anxiety and just an overall feeling of grossness can lead to sleep problems which can, in turn, cause other mental health issues that compromise your immune system and make the risk of an infection more likely.
Pest Control Treatments For Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are legendary for resisting attempts at pest control. However, there are a number of modern methods that have proven to be highly successful. A successful bed bug treatment may require multiple visits from your O’Fallon pest control technicians.
The reason why bed bugs are so notoriously difficult to get rid of is linked to the fact that their egg casings shield them from the pesticides used on bed bugs. So while a successful treatment may kill off all the adult bed bugs, the eggs will hatch and become a new generation of adults.
There are a couple of different ways to deal with this. The first method involves using two different types of pesticides. The first kill an active infestation of adults, while a second residual pesticide is left behind to deal with the eggs as they hatch.
The second method involves using whole-room heat treatments. The temperature of a room is raised to 135 °F for over 90 minutes. The bed bugs will die off and the eggs will be destroyed.
These methods each have strengths and weaknesses. When using two different pesticides, you’ll kill off the adults, but you’ll have to wait until the eggs hatch to kill off new adults. During that period, there may be a small number of bed bugs left behind that reproduce and create a new generation. Hence why most will need multiple treatments.
Full-room heat treatments kill everything, but it may be difficult to uniformly heat an entire room. The room itself must be sealed off so that the bed bugs don’t escape into another room trying to run away from the heat.