Bed Bugs Still #1 on List of Most Unwanted Pests

Bed bugs still top the list of America’s most unwanted pests and probably will continue to remain pest control enemy No. 1 for the foreseeable future. That was the verdict of pest control researchers, pest management professionals and manufacturers of pest control products who gathered in Denver, Colorado late last year for the 2013 International Bed Bug Summit sponsored by the National Pest Management Association and BedBug Central.

While controlling these noxious blood-sucking pests remains the pest control community’s greatest challenge, bed bug control experts say they’ve come a long way in understanding what makes these apple-seed sized insects tick and are making progress in controlling and exterminating these pests. Bed bugs have been a thorn in the pest control community’s side since they re-emerged as a problem pest in the mid-2000s after being virtually exterminated in the U.S. after World War II by the use of DDT, a now-banned toxic pesticide. Today, bed bugs are found in all 50 states.

In a 2013 survey by University of Kentucky entomologist Michael Potter, the country’s foremost bed bug expert, 76% of pest control professionals named bed bugs THE most difficult pest to control. The survey also revealed that bed bugs, initially a problem primarily in large metro areas and hotels and motels, are now regularly being found in non-residential areas.

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