If you’ve been dealing with bed bugs for a while now, you’re no doubt aware of how gross they are. You probably also know that they’re extremely persistent and difficult to get rid of.
Try as you may, you just can’t seem to get rid of these little blood-sucking pests. You’ve cleaned over and over again. You’ve done countless loads of laundry. You may have even tried dousing them with diatomaceous earth or pesticides. And still, they persist.
Why is it so hard to eliminate the infestation?
There are actually quite a few reasons why this is the case. Read below to find out what they are.
1. They’re Really, Really Small
Bed bugs are tiny, flat, and about the size of a lentil or an apple seed. That means they’re very good at squeezing into tight spaces. They’re also great at hiding from you for the same reason.
Even if you clean, clean, and clean everything in sight, the chances are good that you’ll at least miss some of the tiny creatures. It’s hard to find and kill them all. And without getting every last bug, the infestation continues.
2. They’re Everywhere
As we just mentioned, these bugs are tiny. Adults are typically around 0.18 inch in size while bed bug eggs can be as small as 0.09 inches. There’s nothing these little guys can’t get into. They won’t just be in your bed. They’ll also be in your floorboards, behind wallpaper, and even behind your switch plates.
Because they can be living all over the place—and can jump on hosts to get around—it’s very difficult to successfully eliminate an infestation once it’s begun.
3. They Multiply Quickly
Most people don’t notice they have bed bugs until a full-blown infestation has made itself known. And it doesn’t take long for a few of these critters to turn into hundreds or thousands. Females can lay 500 eggs throughout their lives and their offspring can begin to reproduce in just a few months’ time.
If your infestation is widespread enough, you could be dealing with several generations of new bed bugs in a single year.
4. They Can Live a Long Time without Blood
As we’re sure you know, bed bugs feed on blood. You may think sealing up the room and starving them is the answer, but you’d be wrong. Unfortunately, these insects can go a very long time without feeding. While the nymphs may only last a few months without a meal, adults can easily survive for over a year without blood.
5. They’re Resistant to Some Pesticides
Have you tried, over and over again, to get rid of the infestation using pesticides? There’s a reason your methods aren’t working. Researchers who conducted a study project on bed bugs determined that these critters can fight insecticides at the genome level. It seems they can either degrade the pesticides or prevent them from penetrating their outer shells.
6. Bacteria Helps Keep Them Alive
If all of the above wasn’t bad enough, these critters have help staying alive. Researchers have recently found over 400 species of bacteria living both in and on bed bugs. They think these bacteria help them stay alive.
7. Your Home Is the Perfect Habitat
Bed bugs love to live in environments that are between 70 and 82°F. Unfortunately, this is a common temperature range for homeowners. Without even realizing it, you’re enabling bed bugs to thrive in your home.
As you can see, it can be difficult to wipe out a bed bug infestation. If you’ve tried and tried to kill these bugs on your own, it might be time to call in professional pest control to get the job done right and finally eliminate the problem once and for all.