When Bed Bugs Evolve, Turn up the Heat

Evolution is a beautiful fact of natural science. Because of how species can adapt through natural selection, populations are forever growing better, faster, stronger, and more resilient in the face of adversity.

Random accidental variances in the DNA sequences of individuals of a species can be beneficial, harmful, or have no effect at all. When these mutations have a positive outcome, then the genetic trait survives and is passed on to more offspring who will in turn thrive and pass on the trait…

So, what does all of this have to do with bed bugs? We’re glad you asked!

A common headache in the extermination business is a pest’s ability as a species to develop a resistance to chemical treatments thanks to their lovely tendency to mutate. Just like with any other living creature in any other environment, when a large local population of bed bugs are exposed to pesticides, there is a high probability that at least a relative few individuals will possess a variation in their genetic code that will allow them to survive.

After this happens, the remaining bed bugs will go about their business reproducing, yielding a population of offspring that will be characterized by a higher number of resistant individuals than their parents. That means that when you call up your pest control professionals for another round of bug spraying, the same pesticide that failed to eradicate the infestation the first time will be even less successful this time around. Bummer.

Luckily, Bed Bug Solutions is prepared for just such freaks of nature when they occur. To supplement our powerful chemical techniques, we also employ failsafe heat remediation tactics to make sure that the bed bugs won’t be doing any more biting.

Heat treatment remediation has proven to be the most effective extermination method against bed bugs in all life cycles – eggs, larvae, nymphs and adult. Raising room temperatures above the thermal death point and maintaining that temperature for several hours has the highest probability of extermination for the entire bed bug infestation and reducing the chance of re-infestation.

Creatures on earth have been successfully evolving for millions of years – don’t let bed bugs pull a fast one on you this late in the game! Turn up the heat!

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