Pest Control Professionals See Summer Spike in Bed Bugs

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Bed bug infestations are on the rise!

The National Pest Management Association has just released the findings from its 2018 Bugs Without Borders research, which surveyed pest professionals on the prevalence of bed bugs in the U.S. Almost all professionals have treated for bed bugs in the past year, and the majority agree that bed bug infestations are increasing across the county.

Now before you rush off to do your laundry, check out our breakdown of the study’s main findings:

  • A whopping 97% of those pest control professionals surveyed have treated for bed bugs in the past year. A majority of them say that overall bed bug service work and the prevalence of these pests are increasing.
  • Bed bugs may be easily confused with other pests. 84 percent of pest control professionals surveyed were initially contacted about a different type of pest before identifying them as bed bugs. The majority of these contacts were about fleas, followed by cockroaches.
  • More than half of pest control professionals noted that they receive the most bed bug complaints during the summer. Increased travel during this time of the year may help spread bed bugs from vacation destinations to homes or even college lodgings to homes as students go on summer break.

Where are Bed Bugs Commonly Found?

  • The top three places where pest professionals encounter bed bugs are single-family homes (91 percent of those pest professionals surveyed had treated for bed bugs in single family homes), apartments/condominiums (89 percent), and hotels/motels (68 percent). However, bed bugs can be found in high numbers in a variety of other places:
    • Nursing Homes – 59 percent
    • Schools & Day Care Centers – 47 percent
    • Office Buildings – 46 percent
    • College Dorms – 45 percent
    • Hospitals – 36 percent
    • Public Transportation – 19 percent
  • Bites are the most commonly reported sign of an infestation. More than half of people reach out for treatment after discovering bites and welts on their bodies. Although some people immediately develop a skin reaction to bites, others may take two to three days before showing obvious symptoms or any symptoms at all. This means that people could be unaware of a problem until a full-blown bed bug infestation has taken root.
  • Typically found in couches and bed frames, bed bugs can also be found in some of the most unexpected places. These include stuffed animals, wheelchairs, airplanes, school buses, purses, and even inside bedside lamps.

The majority of professionals agree that bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to control, and that a homeowner shouldn’t try to eliminate the problem on their own. If you believe you’ve fallen victim to a bed bug infestation, feel free to give Graduate a call. We’ll make sure you get a good night’s sleep!