Fewer news reports of bed bug infestations have lulled many people into believing that America is winning the bed bug battle. However, a new survey by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) indicates that not only do bed bugs still have the upper hand; but they are expanding the battlefield into small towns and rural areas.
Conducted by the NPMA and University of Kentucky, the 2013 Bed Bug Survey of U.S. pest control professionals found that nearly all had treated bed bug infestations in the past year with 72% indicating an increase in bed bug activity in their region. Nearly all pest control firms surveyed had treated residential bed bug infestations in single-family homes, apartments and/or condominiums.
Commercial facilities with a high incidence of bed bug infestations included:
- 79% hotels and motels
- 47% college dorms
- 47% shelters
- 46% nursing homes
- 41% school and day care centers
- 36% office buildings
- 33% hospitals
- 25% doctor offices and outpatient clinics
- 21% transportation services (trains, buses, taxis)
- 15% retail stores
- 12% libraries
- 10% movie theaters
Consumers need to maintain their vigilance and watch for signs of bed bugs, especially now with schools starting and students returning to college campuses. Call Stern Environmental for bed bug information and expert bed bug extermination in New York City and northern New Jersey.