The annual 2013 Bugs without Borders survey has found that bed bugs continue to be a national epidemic, with 99 percent of the reporting pest control professionals encountering a bedbug infestation during the last twelve months.
The survey, conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, also revealed some encouraging news. Since the first Bugs without Borders survey in 2010, the number of pest control companies that feel the infestation is increasing has gone down. In 2010, nine out of ten respondents said the infestation was increasing. In the 2013 results, that number decreased to seven out of ten.
The survey also found that bed bug infestations tend to occur more frequently during the summer and wane during the winter. While the respondents were divided about there being a “peak” bed bug season, more than half who noticed a seasonal difference said they received more calls for bed bug treatment during the summer months, perhaps due to increase travel activity during this time.
Additional, the survey reported on the incidences by type of structure including residential homes, apartments, hotels, schools, college dorms, day care centers, hospitals. nursing homes, and office buildings, among others.
The Bugs Without Borders survey included 251 pest control companies across the United States. For a detailed summary of the 2013 Bugs Without Borders Survey, please visit PestWorld.org.
As part of Bed bug Awareness Week, the NPMA has written a series of articles on bedbugs:
- To learn to prevent bed bugs from coming home with you when you travel, please visit Know Before You Go.
- To help you decide if you need to hire a pest control professional, please read How to Know When to Hire a Pest Professional, and
- For answers to common bed bug questions, click How to treat bed bug bites and other bed bug FAQs.
New Mexico is not immune to the bed bug epidemic. We see one or two infestations per week here in the greater Albuquerque area. To learn more about Pest Defense Solutions’ pest control services, including bed bug treatment, please click here, or fill out a contact request form.Tags: Bed bug, Bed Bug Treatment, Eliminate Bed Bugs, Getting Rid of Bed Bugs, Pest Control Services