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Posted on July 27, 2010 with 2 Comments
Most people are aware that the US is having a growing bed bug infestation problem, but exactly how drastic are the cases increasing? Earlier today CNN published an article that states exactly how much bed bugs cases have increased in the recent years. Here are some of the statistics, all according to the National Pest Management Association (The NPMA interviewed 1000 pest management companies across the US):
- Bed bug calls have increases 81% since 2000
- 67% of pest management companies have recieved calls to treat hotels/motels
- 76% of the companies said that bed bugs are the most difficult pest to remove
- 90% of companies have treated in homes or apartments
- 4 – 5% have treated in laundry mats or movie theaters
- A female bed bug can produce up to 400 offspring
These statistics are pretty high. The article also points out that the number one way people get bed bugs is by traveling. A common misconception is that bed bugs are a sanitation issue, but they are NOT. They need humans to live and humans are in any and every building. The bugs will hitch a ride on someone and then settle in once they fall asleep. Bed bugs can be found anywhere. There have been bed bug infestations in apartments, movie theaters, college dorms, hospitals, and clothing stores, just to name a few. People can protect themselves from getting bed bugs by following some tips to stay bed bug free while traveling. Always do a brief inspection on the room and wash all your travel clothes in hot water when you return home. JP McHale has a bed bug sniffing canine that can detect exactly where the hot spots are in a home. JP McHale is a Westchester pest control company that can conduct an inspection for your home or building to check for bed bugs. Simply contact us by phone 800-479-2284, email, live chat, facebook, or twitter.