As we leave 2019 behind it probably won't shock you to know that the National PestManagement Associationranked Bed Bugs as theNumber 1 Pest in America. Delightful, I know.
So, what does that mean for us? It means we continue our alertness and awareness of what to look for when we go to a new hotel, motel, or even a friend or family member's home.
How frequent are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are unfortunately normal in America –would you believe, they are the number 1 pest – with 97% of all pest exterminators having treated areas of bed bugs in the past year and 68% affirming, that bed bugs are horrific pests to regulate. It comes as no revelation to comprehend that the numbers of these annoying pests keep soaring.
Of all exterminators surveyed 50% confirmed that the higher population for bed bug calls was the warmer months, due to an increase in travel and students returning from summer vacations. As the heat index spikes, people wear less while sleeping and use lighter covers. And don't think "Well, I will wear long sleeves" because that will just move them to the open parts of the skin which would be your neck and face. No one wants to walk into work covered in bed bug bites, right?
Bed Bugs and the States
Back in the 70s, bed bugs were considered a rarity in developed countries. But, since early 2000, infestations have become more common in places such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe. And, not only are there more bed bugs than ever before, but according to thejournal of economic entomology, they are more ruthless to discourage, as they become less vulnerable to chemical insecticides.
Where are Bed Bugs Found
Although bed bugs are an assorted lot of buggers, it comes as no shock to know that the chosen areas to find bed bugs are public properties, where there is a large movement of humans. Like us, bed bugs love to travel and hitchhike their way into our suitcases, purses, clothes, backpacks, and furniture.
Look at these startling data below of the properties in which bed bugs are most popular:
Single-family homes – 91%
Apartments/condominiums – 89%
Hotels/motels – 68%
Nursing homes – 59%
School/daycare centers – 47%
Offices – 46%
College dormitories – 45%
Hospitals – 36%
Doctors’ office – 33%
Public transport – 29%
Retail outlets – 20%
Movie theatres – 16%
It's very well known how difficult getting rid of a bed bug infestation is. These despicable insects can survive without eating for up to a year. Don't think waiting them out will remove them, it won't!
Most people are clueless about an infestation until it becomes obvious, with only 92% reporting a bed bug invasion having had noticeable signs or showing visible evidence of bed bug bites.
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