Bed Bug Control 101: What Everyone In Montgomery County Needs To Know

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Bed bugs are a type of pest found throughout history that many researchers suggest originated in Egypt. Over many decades, early colonists and traders brought bed bugs to the shores of the U.S. aboard vessels, and these pests thrived.

During this period, including World War II, various new pesticides emerged, such as D.D.T., a manufactured chemical introduced in the late 1930s that was inexpensive. The U.S. military began using D.D.T. in housing units, where it demonstrated effectiveness against bed bugs and similar pests.

By the 1950s, more widespread pesticide uses, along with the adoption of powerful vacuum cleaners and washing machines, largely eliminated the bed bug population. Over the next couple of decades, pressure from governmental agencies and environmental advocates resulted in the prohibition of some of the powerful chemical formulas associated with the demise of bed bugs.

During the 1990s, bed bugs reemerged as common household pests, and today, they are a major focus in the pest control industry.

How do you get rid of bed bugs that exist in your home? Because of the resilience of bed bugs and their strong reproductive capacity, those who try do-it-yourself pest control solutions commonly find themselves still struggling with the presence of bed bugs weeks or months later. A Montgomery County pest control company understands how to spot bed bugs that enter homes and knows how to deal with bed bug infestations.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs in Montgomery County are small insects that primarily consume human blood—most commonly while their victim sleeps.

Do bed bugs fly? Bed bugs are wingless creatures that will detect the body heat and carbon dioxide that humans emit and use their six legs to crawl toward their target.  

Can you see bed bugs with the naked eye? Despite often measuring less than ¼ of an inch long, bed bugs are usually detectable with the naked eye.

Bed Bug Infestations Only Get Worse With Time

Female bed bugs generate eggs that result in many offspring; therefore, minor intrusions often quickly become major infestations.

All The Ways Bed Bugs Sneak Their Way Into Our Homes

Are you wondering what causes bed bugs? One of the most common misconceptions involving bed bugs is that these pests most likely exist in homes where the occupants have poor cleaning habits. In reality, bed bugs are primarily found in structures where humans exist—particularly when the residents sleep there. Some of the most common ways that bed bugs enter homes include: 

  • Bed bugs often crawl into the clothing or belongings of those staying in hotel rooms. 
  • People using forms of mass transportation often have exposure to bed bugs. 
  • Bed bugs will spread into other units within multi-family homes or apartment buildings.

Unlike many types of home-invading pests that live in outdoor areas and venture indoors, bed bugs usually enter homes within purses, suitcases, or laundry baskets of the house's occupants.

The Most Successful Way To Get Rid Of A Bed Bug Infestation

The bed bug control professionals with M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc. has several options available for ousting bed bugs from homes in greater Montgomery County. Our specialists will visit the premises and conduct a thorough inspection, which is a critical first step in assessing the existing property conditions and the extent of the infestation.

One of our solutions involves heat treatment, which will raise the temperature in the home to roughly 140 degrees for several hours. Our experts will ensure that bed bugs located deep inside walls, cracks, crevices, and electrical outlets are incapable of surviving the treatment.

We also might deploy specialized chemical treatment options, which typically include follow-up visits to ensure the complete removal of the infestation. Keep in mind that our work has a satisfaction guarantee. Contact our team today regarding an inspection.