What effective alternatives are there for bed bug control rather than using pesticides? I have heard that bed bugs are resistant to pesticides.
Bed bugs are not resistant to all pesticides, as there are many different varieties (i.e. different chemical structures) available to choose from. However, bed bugs can be resistant to certain groups of pesticides. Fortunately, if one group of pesticide is not doing the trick as far as insect control, there are other chemical options available. To answer the second part of your question, research has determined that there are other options for control that work because. These options include: heat treatments, insect growth regulators, dry cleaning, sending items of clothing through a complete washer and dryer cycle, steam cleaning, and vacuuming. Specifically, on the note of vacuuming, this is a very effective way of eliminating bed bugs. Vacuuming removes all stages of bed bugs, including the eggs, by sucking them off the infested item. Don't forget to throw away the bad when you are done- EACH TIME YOU VACUUM. Otherwise, bed bugs can crawl back out of the machine.