Monthly Archives: June 2015

Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Bed bugs have a long history, dating back to Ancient Greece and were even written about by Aristotle.  They were later referenced in Rome around 77 AD and were believed to have medicinal value.  Europe began reporting bed bugs in the 11th Century. America has had them since the colonies were first formed, as they were believed to come over from England. In World War II bed bugs were known to be in bunkers.  Throughout time, they have had a place in world history, as there are infestations worldwide.  These bugs don’t discriminate, clean or dirty, rich or poor, everyone is fair game.  The bedtime saying “good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” wasn’t just a cute saying, it was a wish for children from their parents.  

In the 1950s, DDT was introduced as a powerful and effective treatment for bed bugs (as well as roaches).  Dusting or spraying DDT on and around a bed and other surrounding areas would keep bed bugs and roaches away for a year.  However, bed bugs were becoming DDT resistant and later it was found that DDT could harm birds and other wildlife and have carcinogenic properties for humans.  DDT was banned in 1972.  

In recent years bed bugs have been making a big comeback.  Since bed bugs are a nuisance worldwide, air travel gives them the opportunity to spread easily. Hotels have become a breeding ground for the pests as well. They are flat, as flat as a credit card, and can easily stow away in a suitcase unnoticed.  Once they reach their final destination and make it to a mattress where they can hide, they will have their blood meal on their host and can thrive.  

A bed bug nymph will shed its skin 5 times on its way to adulthood.  It needs a blood meal in order to shed its skin.  A bed bug can go 20 to 400 days without a meal, so starvation is unfortunately, not an effective treatment.  

The good news is that bed bugs do not pose a health threat.  Their bites do not spread disease, even though they can be irritating.  But still, once they are in your home, they can spread quickly and easily.  Treating for bed bugs on your own is not recommended, as they have become resistant to many pesticides and the area of treatment includes (but is not limited to) your bed.

Triple S Services uses thermal remediation to treat for bed bugs.  This means we heat the affected area to 135 degrees, which exceeds the temperature in which the bugs can survive.  The bugs are killed by dehydration.  Treatment can be done in one day and no damage is done to your furniture or belongings, and it is eco-friendly, a good choice for your family and the environment.

To learn more about thermal remediation, call 800-457-3785.