What do bug bugs look like?
Adult bed bugs are brown, about a quarter of an inch in diameter, and look like a flat apple seed or lentil.
How bad is the bed bug problem in the US?
Bed bugs are everywhere and infestations have been growing steadily over the past decade. According to 2011 research conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, 99% of pest control companies report encountering a bed bug infestation in the past year. This represents a sharp increase in prevalence as only a mere 11% of respondents reported receiving bed bug calls more than 10 years ago. One of the most significant findings is that bed bug encounters have become much more common in public places than the previous year, in some instances increasing by 10, 20, or nearly 30%.
Additionally, another survey by NPMA found that one in five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.
Why are bed bugs a problem now?
While there is not one clear answer for the resurgences of bed bugs, the majority of pest professionals point to increased travel and movement of people from across town and around the globe, lack of societal awareness and precaution, and changing pest control products and methods.
Where are bed bugs found?
These pests are not limited to any one specific type of environment. Pest control companies have been reporting infestations in both single and multi-family housing, apartments, hotels, hospitals, college dormitories, public transportation, laundry facilities and even movie theaters.
Why are bed bugs hard to eliminate?
Bed bugs should not be equated with filth or sanitation problems – in hotels or in homes, for that matter. They do not discriminate and have been found in five-star hotels and one-star hotels, penthouses and multi-housing developments. Bed bugs are very elusive and transient pests. They are often found in other areas besides the bed. They can live for several months without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
What can I do to protect myself from a bed bug infestation?
To prevent bed bug infestations, consumers need to be vigilant in assessing their surroundings. When returning home from a trip, dry your clothing on high heat for 30 minutes and check your luggage carefully. If you think you may have a bed bug infestation, call a pest control professional.
Are bed bugs just in beds?
Bed bugs are not just in beds. They can be in chair cushions, sofas, behind electric outlets, cracks and crevices around baseboards, or even behind picture frames. In other words, they can live pretty much anywhere.
How to get rid of bed bugs?
Heat coupled with a dust, liquid residual and aerosol application is a thorough, effective treatment to get rid of bed bugs. Heat can be applied through bringing in additional heat sources to heat entire homes or room and/or through steaming the surface where bed bugs are most likely to be present. Heat is an essential part of the control and elimination process because bed bug eggs are the most resistant to chemical applications and extreme temperatures. Follow-up inspections and services are an important part of the bed bug elimination process as well to ensure that no bed bugs escaped the initial intensive service.
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