When it comes to bugs that crawl out at night and consume your blood to survive, you would think that most people know about all there is to know when it comes to bed bugs. However, even though you may fear bed bugs making their way into your home, there is a good chance that you do not know a lot of the facts. Here are four facts about bed bugs that every homeowner should know.
1. Bed bugs usually have a life span of around one year. This may seem like a relatively short time frame. Yet during this one year of feeding and reproduction, a female bed bug can lay between 200 and 400 eggs, which usually take about ten days to hatch. Therefore, in one year, just one bed bug, inadvertently taken home from a hotel or infested location, could create an infestation in your home.
2. The modern bed bug is considered to be one of the most difficult pest control problems to treat for homeowners. This is largely related to the fact that 90 percent of these biting pests now boast a gene mutation that makes them highly resistant to pesticides that have been heavily relied on for many years.
3. You may think you know where bed bugs like to hang out, but you may be surprised to know just where these bugs are being found. These pests can be found everywhere from libraries to movie theaters and anywhere in between where people may be. In fact, 18 percent of pest control agents surveyed in 2011 say they were called to treat even public transportation locations, such as taxi cabs and public buses.
4. Bed bugs are not discriminant when it comes to their desirable climate or location. They can be found all over the globe and in all 50 states of the country. However, you are three times more likely to have bed bugs if you live in an urban area, because populations are tighter-knit and dwellings are usually in close proximity to to one another.
When it comes down to it, bed bugs are much easier to obtain than you think, are probably hiding in more places than you know, and are incredibly difficult to handle on your own. If you suspect that you have a bed bug problem, or even if you have only spotted one in your home, it is a good idea to get in touch with a professional pest control company like Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control.