Bed Bug Basics – Get the Facts

January 14, 2015By

Bed bugs are a problem that no homeowner wants to deal with, but unfortunately, many do. These pests are equal opportunity infestors, and they affect businesses and homes from all walks of life. The following facts from the Bugs without Borders Survey will help you understand the bed bug, and who is at risk for an infestation.

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  • Most pest control companies (75% of respondents) reported that bed bugs are harder to treat than ants (17%), termites (1%), and cockroaches (6%).
  • Bed bugs are a problem for both businesses and residences, with hotels, dorms, offices, nursing homes, hospitals, daycares, public transportation, and schools requiring treatment. However, those living in apartments, single family homes, and condominiums are still more likely to have to deal with infestations.

Non-residential infestations are also a problem, with the following numbers reported:

  • Motels and Hotels – 75%
  • Nursing Homes – 46%
  • Offices – 36%
  • College Dormitories – 47%
  • Hospitals – 33%
  • Day Care Centers and Schools – 41%
  • Public Transportation – 21%
  • Theaters – 10%
  • As of 2013, out of 251 pest control companies surveyed, over 99% had dealt with a residential bed bug infestation with the past year. These companies are located all over the country, showing that all temperatures and environments are affected.
  • While seven out of every ten respondents felt that the number of infestations was increasing, only three percent of the same reported that the problem was decreasing in their areas.
  • According to around two thirds of those who responded to the survey, clutter is one of the biggest challenges to effective treatment of bed bugs.
  • Nearly 60% reported that customers failing to follow after-treatment advice was the second largest challenge to effective treatment.
  • Around 16% reported that re-infestation occurred due to the customer bringing bed bugs back into the home from another source.
  • Even though there is no specific season for bed bug infestations to increase, most reported infestations occur during the summer months, with considerably fewer reported during the winter. It is believed that this is due to more people relocating and traveling during the warmer months, which not only introduces them into the home, but also helps them discover an existing problem.

As you can see, bed bugs are certainly not going away, and many believe that the problem may be even worse now than it was in years past. The survey also provided valuable information that might help in the fight to bring these irritating pests under control.

Detection Methods

Bed bug detection has gone through a series of changes over the years, but the most popular method is still visual inspections by trained technicians. Other popular methods include active monitoring traps, which use some type of attractant to trap the bugs, pitfall traps that allow them to fall inside, and canine detection, which uses dogs that are trained to point out where the bugs may be hiding.

What Can You Do?

The number one way of protecting your home from a bed bug infestation is to make sure you are being vigilant. If you spend the night at a hotel, make sure to pack your belongings in plastic, sealable bags inside your luggage, and visually inspect all creases before bringing them back into your home. It is also a good idea to periodically check the crevices of your mattresses for evidence or live bugs, rather than waiting until you notice bites.

Bed bugs are a serious issue, and infestations are not easy to eradicate. If you believe you have a bed bug infestation, contact us today for an inspection and treatment.

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