Bed bugs have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years.  The treatment for these bloodsucking insects has changed and evolved through the years, from dangerous flammable substances to widely used pesticides.  The history of bed bug treatments is one that spans from the early 400 BC to present day where scientists, pest professionals and inventors have made great efforts to study and develop new treatment methods to eradicate bed bugs once and for all. 


Where Bed Bugs Originated 

It’s widely believed that the bed bugs we know today originated in the middle east.  Early bed bugs likely lived mostly in caves where they fed on bats.  Bed bugs, as we know today evolved from these initial “bat bugs” and move onto other warmblooded mammals, including humans.  The bed bug population spread by traveling as hitchhikers as we started to explore different parts of the world.  One of the first times that bed bugs were mentioned in history was in ancient Greece in early 400 BC.  Archeologists have even found fossilized bed bugs dating back around 3,500 years.  Aristotle even documented his theories as to how bed bugs could be used in medical practices.  He believed that bed bugs could be used as part of a cure for multiple ailments such as snake bites, ear infections and hysteria.  Those theories were proven unsuccessful pretty quickly though and people moved to try to find ways to get rid of the bloodsucking pests that could quickly overtake a home. 


The First Treatments 

Early bed bug treatments ranged from spreading pepper, various plants, and fungi in the affected areas to more drastic methods such as covering the infected areas with gasoline, kerosene or pork grease.  Many of these methods were extremely dangerous and resulted in fires and unexplained illnesses.  Eventually, bed bug issues were reduced with more advanced cleaning methods that included washing bed linens and de-cluttering homes.  Finally, around WWII bed bugs were almost completely eliminated in the US with the invention of pesticides such as DDT.   

Though these treatments were working well against bed bugs, after the war, many insecticides and pesticides were found to be dangerous to humans and their use was banned.  This led to a resurgence of bed bugs issues.  In the 21st century, many new chemical pesticide substances have been developed to kill bed bugs and other pests.  Many of these substances were very useful at first but slowly have become less effective over time.  Scientists have studied this resilience indepth and found the bed bugs can become resilient to many substances used to eradicate them.  This realization has led many to search for new treatment methods, both professionally and for DIY treatments. 


The New and Improved Treatment Methods 

At IBBRA, the highly experienced bed bug professionals have tried and tested many different treatment methods.  Through these tests and treatment experience, it has become abundantly clear that heat treatments are the most effective way to kill bed bugs.  The bugs do not have the ability to evolve a resistance to temperatures and heat treatments don’t pose any health risks to humans.  By partnering with, IBBRA can offer the highest quality bed bug heat equipment to professionals, business owners, and DIYers alike.  It is our mission to make bed bug treatments as simple and effective as possible, and one day, to be able to eliminate the bed bug population in the U.S once again.   

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