One of the most difficult pests to eradicate is bedbugs. These tiny insects can survive for months without feeding and can quickly spread from room to room. They can also be transferred through pipes, carpets, used furniture, clothing, and other surfaces. Bedbug infestations can also occur in large cities and enclosed spaces like hotels.
Bedbugs feed on the human skin while we sleep, often at least an hour before dawn. However, they can also feed at any time of the day. Their saliva numbs the skin so they can drink the blood. Unfortunately, some people can become allergic to the saliva, resulting in rashes and itchy bumps. The bugs feed for about five minutes at a time, after which they will return to their hiding spots to search for another source of blood.
Before the second world war, Americans thought that bedbugs had been eradicated forever. In fact, they have been part of American life since the Mayflower. But by the early 1900s, they were becoming more prevalent and infested homes. However, DDT, a chemical that works well to kill insects, was discovered by chemist Paul Hermann Muller in 1939. DDT was very effective in controlling these insects, but unfortunately, it still hasn’t completely eradicated them.
In order to kill the bugs completely, it is best to contact a professional exterminator for the best results. A good exterminator will heat the home and apply heat to kill the bugs and their eggs. After the treatment, you should vacuum the entire residence daily for a few weeks to be sure that the bugs have been killed. However, you should know that bed bugs can survive for months and even years.