man distressed over bed bugs

Is It Hard to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

Once a home, apartment, condo, hotel, or other place has been infested with bed bugs, it seems as though the creatures never leave. While preventing an infestation is always ideal, there are several reasons why these notorious bugs are so hard to get rid of.

1. They are tiny and hard to see

small bed bug
This is a microscopic view of a bed bug. Yeah, they are REALLY small.

Most bed bugs are no bigger than the size of a lentil. Small and flat, they seek out tight-fitting, warm spaces where they can hide from the naked eye. While most people associate them with bedding, they are small enough to hide just about anywhere. From under floorboards to between the wallpaper and the wall, bed bugs are hard to get rid of because they are first hard to find. To successfully eliminate an infestation, you have to kill every single insect, a daunting task when you often don’t see where they are hiding.

2. Bed bugs reproduce rapidly

life cycle bed bug

In her short lifetime, a single female bedbug can lay 500 eggs. Within a few months, those offspring can reproduce as well leaving three to four generations in a dwelling in a single year. Since bed bugs reproduce between 70 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit, conditions are ideal for mass reproduction in most homes, offices, hotels, and stores.

3. Bed bugs can easily go without food

Bed bugs receive their nourishment from blood. However, the absence of a host does not stop them from living and reproducing. Scientists have discovered that adult bed bugs can live up to 550 days (18 months) without feeding. Nymphs, or young bed bugs, can last for months without feasting on blood. Unless a home is abandoned entirely for years on end, starving out bed bugs is simply not an option.

The best way to ensure your home, office or store is free from bed bugs is to avoid an infestation altogether. Immediately launder clothing in warm water and dry in a hot dryer upon returning home from a trip. Store luggage outside where it will reach 110 degrees for at least 30 minutes before bringing it into your home. Since they like to live next to their food source, use a bed bug mattress cover that prevents them from finding their way into your mattress in the first place or traps them inside.

many bed bugs on bed
Illustrations by Andrew Rae

If you experience an infestation, the only way to ensure you will be bed bug-free is to call an exterminator who specializes in bed bugs. In recent years, many bed bugs have become resistant to certain insecticides. However, exterminators who specialize in the removal of bed bugs can ensure that the proper chemicals and temperatures are used to get rid of the unwanted insects. Likewise, many offer guarantees on their services that will allow them to return free of charge should their first attempts fail.

If you have been the victim of a bed bug infestation, you are not alone. The bed bug lawyers at The Elan Law Firm can help you determine the source of your bed bug problem and recover compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact us today for more information or a free consultation.