Bedbug Infestations Have Increased Exponentially in Recent Years
With the exponentially increasing volume of domestic and commercial travel in the United States every year, the bedbug population has gotten a chance to spread all the way to the farthest reaches of the country: from border to border and from coast to coast. What was once a problem exclusively for cosmopolitan eastern cities like New York and Boston has now become the problem of even the most rural of communities.
Pest control professionals in the American southwest, for example, have been focusing a large portion of their attention and resources on Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas bedbug removal. The real problem, however, is that the average homeowner is unfamiliar with the identification of bedbugs in their own home. This may result in an individual inadvertently ignoring the problem or even refusing to admit that there is one until bedbug populations have reached critical levels and a solution must absolutely be found.
In the following paragraphs I’ll endeavor to shed some light on the most common attributes of the bedbug as well as the myriad ways in which they can be eradicated from the home. It’s important to note, though, that the surest way to ensure the removal of these pests is to contact your local pest control professionals.
It’s been recently discovered that bedbugs can’t climb up smooth vertical surfaces like glass and some plastics. However, scientists conducting an observational study on bedbug behavior were shocked to discover that, when confronted with a smooth, Pyrex glass bowl, a bedbug had seemingly little issue climbing up and out. It was later concluded that the bowl might have been covered in dust particles which the bedbug might have been able to use as a foothold, or that the glass had minute fissures in its surface that were undetectable with the naked eye. That said, it’s important to keep your pitfall-style traps clean and reasonably smooth.
Bedbugs aren’t the fastest insects in the world, but when its prey is an immobile, sleeping human being, speed is hardly a necessity. Bedbugs can move at an average speed of about four feet per minute: that’s about a twenty-two hour mile for those interested.
Some recent research suggests that, while bedbugs are surprisingly hardy at low temperatures, they’re fairly defenseless against even the mildest heat treatment. Most studies agree that temperatures as low as 113 degrees Fahrenheit can fry bedbugs. Likewise, temperatures of about 120 degrees Fahrenheit can kill bedbugs, at all stages of development, in about a minute.
However, due to their tiny size—and the even smaller size of their eggs—it’s easy for bedbugs to hide in the folds and stitching of fabric, meaning that getting rid of them might take much more muscle than running the casual heat lamp across the surface of your bed. By the time you notice bedbugs in your surroundings, they have already so deeply embedded themselves in your upholstered furniture, mattresses and pillows, an exterminator’s knowledge and experience is going to be required to evict the surreptitious creatures.
Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas bedbug exterminators are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.
If bedbugs have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced bedbug removal experts.