Bed bugs are a problem anywhere and a new survey conducted by a consortium of researchers from multiple universities sheds light on the problem of these bloodsucking pests in multi-unit housing communities.
Bed Bug Research
While bed bugs are on the move throughout the U.S., researchers are actively tracking the situation to stay up-to-date on the bugs’ movements and ways to help the public and pest control companies manage the situation.
The latest research targeted the western region of the U.S. where information is not as abundant as it is on the east coast. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Western Integrated Pest Management Center, surveys were distributed to small businesses and pest control companies.
Bed Bug Survey
The results of the survey focused on three areas: 1. worst infestations, 2. most difficult infestations and 3. most often treated. Multi-unit housing ranked the highest in worst infestations followed by hotels and shelters. In category 2, multi-unit housing was first followed by hotels and single-family homes. In category 3, responses put multi-unit housing first, then single-family followed by hotels.
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