Bed Bugs, BedBugs, Survery, 2011 Bugs Without Borders Survey, Infestation, Pests, Pest Management, Pest Control, Prevention, Insects, Bugs, National Pest Management Association, NPMA, University of Kentucky. We’ve all heard about the beg bug infestation in the US. It seems it is getting worse and spreading. Bed bugs are the size and color of a flat apple seed, like to travel and will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near humans, which is their food supply! UGH! The can be found in mattress and headboard, behind baseboards, electrical switch plates, picture frames, wallpaper,upholstery and in furniture crevices! OMG. Sounds worse and worse!
“In the past year… the numbers of professionals who treated college dorms, hotels, nursing homes, office buildings, schools and daycare centers, hospitals, public transportation and movie theaters for bed bugs have all increased compared to last year. More specifically:
- College dorms (54 percent, up from 35 percent a year ago)
- Hotels/motels (80 percent, up from 67 percent)
- Nursing homes (46 percent, up from 25 percent)
- Office buildings (38 percent, up from 18 percent)
- Schools and day care centers (36 percent, up from 10 percent)
- Hospitals (31 percent, up from 12 percent)
- Transportation (train/bus/taxi) (18 percent up from nine percent)
- Movie theaters (17 percent, up from five percent)
- Survey respondents also report finding bed bugs in retail stores, laundromats, libraries, restaurants and airplanes.
This is just insidious! What used to be a cute saying…”night, night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” is now a big problem. I’m thankful I don’t travel. I’ve never seen a bed bug and hope I never do! If you do…call a professional!