It’s Bed Bug Awareness WeekJanay Rickwalder
Monday, April 22, 2013
Today marks the start of
Bed Bug Awareness Week, an observance that encourages public
awareness of this blood-sucking pest.
Bed bugs continue
to plague Americans as they infest hotels, schools, residences and
other places where people gather. A 2012
survey, conducted by NPMA and the University of Kentucky, found
that 99.6 percent of pest professionals had encountered bed bugs in
the past year; a number that has steadily risen over a 10-year
period. Adding to the problem is the fact that according to
76 percent of pest professionals, bed bugs are considered the most
difficult pest to treat.
To prevent an
infestation, experts stress that vigilance is key.
However, if one suspects bed bugs in the home, it’s important to
contact a pest professional to treat the problem because they are
not a DIY pest.