50 years ago, bedbugs were largely eradicated due to extensive spraying of DDT. Unfortunately due to travel and pesticide resistance bedbugs have made a huge resurgence – currently the estimated annual growth is 100 – 500% annually. Some of the factors to consider:
- Due to environmental and health concerns, many governments have banned insecticides like DDT. Bedbugs are now resistant to most pesticides. (But not to desicants like diatomaceous earth).
- A female bedbug can lay up to 300 eggs in a lifetime at a rate of up to 5 eggs per day
- Bedbugs can live for more than a year without feeding.
- Bedbugs have a flat body structure and can easily hide in any crack where your credit card can fit. After feeding – they become engorged with blood and can weigh five times more.
- Bedbugs like furniture that gets left in alleys or sold secondhand
- With huge numbers of people now traveling by air, new bedbug infestations are being spread in luggage and clothes around the world. They may also spread to your suitcases in the holds of your aircraft or ships.
Is the bedbug problem serious?
Two interesting statistics show just how widespread the bedbug problem is becoming:
- The National Pest Management Association (USA) reports that pest control companies who were receiving one or two bed bug related calls per year are now receiving one or two bed bug related calls every week.
- The Department of Medical Entomology (Australia) reports that number of bed bug cases in Australia have risen by 5000% (50 times) in six years between 2000 and 2006.
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