The Reason Bed Bugs Won’t Go Away
And the truly scary part? A recent study found that bed bugs can be resistant to some of the most popular chemicals we use to kill them. Instead of working, the chemicals can actually make bed bugs significantly harder to kill.
Of course, with proper care, bed bugs can be exterminated from your home. But now more than ever, it takes a super-specific knowledge about treating your particular creepy, crawly situation.
But don’t panic, people, because there is hope in this situation. We sought the answers to all our itching questions.
If bed bugs are resistant to chemicals, then how do I kill them?
Firstly, bed bugs aren’t resistant to all chemicals. But it’s crucial to use the right one when treating an infestation.
The new study, published last month in the Journal of Medical Entomology, confirmed bed bugs can be resistant to two kinds of chemicals: pyrethroids and neonicotinoids. These are found in some of the most common bed bug treatments out there. However, the study only confirmed resistance in bed bugs from parts of Ohio, New Jersey and Michigan, so we can’t expand the results to all bugs just yet.
The bed bugs in your neighborhood could very well be immune to chemicals too, said Dr. Kenneth Haynes, an insect and chemical expert at the University of Kentucky.
He suggests that when booking a bed bug treatment, you should ask your pest controller which chemicals they’re using and if local bed bugs have resisted these chemicals before. Most controllers have an, um, intimate knowledge of their local bed bug populations. They’ll know exactly which kinds of chemicals, if any, work to quash them.