Bed bugs! Notorious for being one of the most feared indoor pests in Indiana. They reproduce extremely quickly, they are resilient, and difficult to eradicate. The Notorious B.U.G.’s? Yup.
Part of what makes bed bugs the Notorious B.U.G. is that they reproduce notoriously quickly. On average, a female bed bug lays about one to seven eggs per day after a blood feeding. During her lifetime, a female bed bug with access to regular meals will lay anywhere from 200 to 250 eggs during her lifetime. Pregnant female bed bugs are more likely to travel in an attempt to avoid being mated with again, which means that just a single pregnant female bed bug can cause an infestation of more than 5,000 bed bugs within a six-month period.
You might think these guys would be “Ready to Die” after months without a blood meal, but that’s not necessarily true. Depending on the age of the bed bug, it is usually expected to live for four to six months, although some types can live for more than a year.
Bed bugs are often considered notoriously resilient because they can survive for a surprisingly long time, even without food. Newly hatched bed bugs, called nymphs, typically feed frequently to reach maturity. Despite this need for frequent feeding, they can still survive for several weeks without feeding. Adult bed bugs can survive for about five months without a blood meal. This means that even if a house has been unoccupied for months, a bed bug population can still remain alive and active, despite their lack of a host.
Notoriously Difficult to Eradicate
“Life After Death?” Not quite. But bed bugs are notoriously hard to exterminate on your own. And even if you are able to reduce the population, they will just continue to multiply until they are completely eradicated.
So why are they so hard to kill? The factors we’ve already mentioned make it extremely difficult for someone will no experience to completely eradicate a bed bug population. They are notoriously resilient, reproduce quickly, and are even hard for homeowners to find. Another factor is that bed bugs have developed a resistance to the most common chemicals historically used for bed bug extermination – DDT, chlorfenaphyr, and bifenthrin. This means that even with the use of some pretty dangerous and nasty chemicals, bed bugs can still thrive!
That’s a Rap: Professional Bed Bug Extermination
So what’s the solution? Truthfully, the only reliable way to effectively eradicate bed bugs is to hire a professional. Elimination of the infestation requires the services of pest control professionals who understand bed bugs’ habits and biology and know how to find and treat all of the places bed bugs or eggs may be present.
Luckily, the pest control experts at YES Pest Pros receive continuous training on the most up-to-date technology and methods of bed bug extermination. Using highly-effective heat treatment or fumigation services, bed bug infestations are often solved in just one visit.
Early detection and treatment of a bed bug infestation is key to successful extermination, so whether you are certain of, or just suspect a bed bug problem, contact YES Pest Pros today to set up a free inspection and consultation. With YES Pest Pros, you can rest assured that the Notorious B.U.G. won’t be bugging you anymore.