The BB ALERT® products are not complicated and have been designed for use by:

Pest management professionals to confirm Bed Bug activity prior to treatment and to verify treatment effectiveness as well as provide on-going service contracts and contractual revenue.

Home owners; to detect the presence of Bed Bugs.
Owners and managers in the health, hospitality and similar industries who hold responsibility for the well being of their clients.
Whether you are an anxious home -owner, an industry professional, a pest control specialist or just intrigued by the Bed Bug "plague" that is engulfing the world, we hope that you will find something of interest and value in this site.

Why have Bed Bugs got so much worse in recent years?

There are a number of potential reasons for the recent increase in Bed Bug populations:

The banning of pesticides such as DDT

When pesticide products such as DDT (the organochlorines) were introduced into widespread use in the late 1940s they were found to be remarkably effective against Bed Bugs (among other pests), partly due to their exceptionally long insecticidal activity. Their efficacy practically eliminated Bed Bugs as a serious pest in North America and Western Europe. Unfortunately, that same longevity was found to cause these products to build up within the environment, and this extended persistence resulted in their withdrawal from use in the 1980s.

Pesticide resistance

Pesticide tolerance and resistance had been found in Bed Bug populations even before the withdrawal of the organochlorine pesticides. With continued use of the limited set of available pesticides this resistance has become much more widespread, and the number of pesticides tolerated to at least some degree by Bed Bugs has significantly increased.

Targeted pest control

Increased environmental awareness has made professional pest control applicators change their procedures. Application of pesticides is now more tightly targeted, pesticides applied less frequently, and the pesticide products and formulations used are better focused on the target pests. In almost all cases, these have not included Bed Bugs.

Increased travel and mobility

Global travel has become commonplace, both in business and for recreation. The Bed Bug's natural behavior makes it easy to transport - after feeding in the quiet hours of the night it actively seeks a protected crack or crevice in which to rest while it digests its meal. If that resting place is in luggage or other personal effects, then the insects will be accidentally transported with them, effectively hitching a ride with anyone who visits an infested structure. This process need not include great distances or even air travel, and may occur locally - for example, from home to office and back - and can include public transport such as trains and buses. This, when coupled with the other factors, has provided the Bed Bug with the opportunity to re-establish itself.

Whatever the reason, or combination of reasons, the Bed Bug problem is not showing any signs of getting smaller, and currently seems to have the potential to become much worse.

Because of the intimate association between Bed Bugs and us (their hosts), any remedial program must exercise caution when implementing chemical control procedures to eliminate these pests. In many cases the primary treatment areas will include surfaces and items that are regularly in close contact with people, which severely limits both the materials available and the application methods used. A thorough understanding of Bed Bug biology and behavior is just the first step, with intelligent and thorough use of all the available control tools being the real key to eliminating an existing problem. To achieve long term control, early detection and identification of Bed Bug activity is paramount, and can significantly reduce both the manpower requirements and the level of chemical application needed.

Visit the Shop for more information on the Bed Bug control tools available from MidMos Solutions.

Read more about Bed Bug biology.