Why Have Bed Bugs Made a Comeback?

First of all, it is a man made epidemic!

When governments started to phase out the reliable organophosphate insecticides in North America ( February 01. 2002. in Canada ), without thinking about the consequences or replacing them with same reliable new ones, nobody saw the dark future.

They did it, without consulting any academic sources. These days, we can see the devastating effect of this incompetent political decision..... 

Entomologists and pest control professionals have some other additional theories on why bed bug problems have increased. Here are some other reasons, but really, non of them has comparable impact like banning a well working tool, as organophosphate insecticides:

Increased worldwide travel

People commonly travel to and from all parts of the world, including areas where bed bugs are common. Business and leisure travelers regularly travel between all the continents. Developed countries are increasingly multicultural, with residents moving back and forth from their homelands.

Weakening economy

After the well paid manufacturing jobs left USA and Canada to India and China, millions of job applicants are struggling with part time jobs and seeking temporary jobs in other closer cities, they renting bedrooms and commonly sharing it.

In many cities there are large populations of temporary workers that are constantly shifting in and out of group residences, mostly in low-income apartments. It is not unusual in Toronto, for example, to find a dozen people or more living in a 3-bedroom apartment, with the mix of people constantly changing as jobs change and as people return to home or move onto another city. Such residences can become heavily infested with bed bugs  and act as a hub for other bed bug infestations in the apartment buildings, or in many other type of buildings.

Increase in secondhand merchandise

For the very same economic reason mentioned above, millions are getting smaller and smaller paychecks. 

Thrift shops, second hand stores have become more popular as have flea markets, garage sales, etc., all of which increase bed bug risk.

People do not recognize bed bugs or the signs of their infestation

Until recently, most people under 50 had never seen a bed bug.

The pest control industry is bait-oriented

Technicians no longer regularly spray baseboards or apply residual insecticide barriers around beds and furniture or otherwise spot-treat inside apartments, hotels, motels, nursing homes and similar sites. Such biweekly or monthly treatments, even when made for pests such as cockroaches, would also control new infestations of bed bugs. Today, insecticide baits are the most common substitute for traditional sprays. But baits are specific for certain pests such as cockroaches and ants, and there are no baits for blood-feeding insects like bed bugs. 

No "magic bullet" insecticides

DDT is long gone, as are the other chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticides. But recently, governments banned the well working, long lasting, low toxicity organophosphate insecticides with decades long proven effectiveness. 

Modern insecticides with very strong initial knock-down power, but only 6-12hours residual effect are proving to be ineffective against bed bugs, if they are used alone.        


             So, what is the solution?

We have  to  combine the  power of  modern  pyrethroid insecticides, the advantage of high temperature and the benefit of long lasting insecticidal dusts to achieve 100 % elimination of bed bugs......

........and this is the foundation of our success story !

At Absolute Pest Control Management, we always use together the strengths of these three  elements to achieve the best results.