A global bed bug epidemic, is it declining?
Since the year 2000 reports of Bed bugs throughout the Americas, Europe and China have been fast growing and public and consumer awareness increasing. This period coincides with the ban of a widely used insecticide in the Organic phosphate group. Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors do not allow resistance in the Bud Bugs and were very effective in their control.
Not surprisingly, the epidemic is spreading around the world as tourists and workers travel abroad constantly. Here in New Zealand there is already a vast population of Bed Bugs which have taken hold. Once a simple saying said at bed time, Dont let the Bed Bugs bite, now takes new meaning.
It wasn’t so long ago, when insecticides in the 50’s like DDT were able to wane the spread and discomfort caused by this insect, nowadays we see resurgence in numbers. Recent surveys strongly demonstrate, despite a large scale effort to train and qualify technicians and pest management companies to deal with these unwelcome residents, the insect’ persist still.
A recent survey among registered pest management professionals across the globe has cleared up many questions about this quickly becoming infamous pest.
Bed bugs do not just live in mattresses and beds as the acquired title bed bugs seem to suggest.
Though bed bugs are more active and feed on their host at night, it has been highlighted bed bugs do not live only in hotels and back packer lodges.
As represented in the data collected in a survey conducted by the NPMA an American Pest Management Association, it is not difficult to see how anyone can be found to have an infestation of this insect, even when not using the services of hotels or the like. Bed bug issues extended also to cinemas, travel lounges, public transport such as trains and buses.
The figures compared with previous year’s data suggest the trends are not decreasing overall. Though commercial accommodation facilities have dropped in occurrence overall, they are still the predominate complainant of sightings and solicitation for insecticide treatments. The other centers mentioned in the data have almost all increased across the board.
It is important to take into account, these increasing numbers which are being observed is with current pest management techniques being employed to combat this insect population increasing. Persistence in controlling this insect is very important, just imagine if everyone stood back and made little effort to control Bed bugs, their ability to multiply and migrate would mean exponential increase in numbers.
If you feel you have encountered this pest, it is best to consult professional advice. Bed bugs are adept at survival and seeking experienced help to control bed bugs can prevent an isolated situation from developing into a more costly exercise to control.
We’re more than happy to help, so if you know someone who may have bed bugs or require information on how we can help you control this insect, contact us today.
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