Bed Bug Control Survey: Bed Bug Infestations on Rise NPMA Staff
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Bed Bug Detection & Prevention Tips for Homeowners
A new poll of National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
members shows that bed bugs remain a serious problem for
Americans. Bed bug
control professionals across the country are seeing more bed bug infestations this summer compared to
last year, with some reporting increases of up to 25 percent.
“For anyone who may think bed bugs have come and gone, these
reports will make them think twice,” said Missy Henriksen, vice
president of public affairs for NPMA. “Our members are seeing an
overwhelming increase in bed bug calls, with some reporting double
digit growth, especially during the past few months when most
Americans took their summer vacations.”
“As evidenced by this information and NPMA’s research in recent
years, bed bugs continue to plague consumers. We encourage people
not to panic, but to be mindful that bed bug bites can be painful
and infestations difficult and costly to treat. Precaution is the
best protection,” added Henriksen.
The 2011 “Bugs Without Borders” survey found that
99 percent of U.S. pest professionals treated for bed bugs in the
NPMA offers the following bed bug prevention tips:
- In hotels, college dorms or sleep-away camps, pull back the
sheets and inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners,
for telltale stains or spots. If you see anything suspect,
notify management/residence advisor/camp counselor
- Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including
behind the headboard and in sofas/chairs. If any pests are
spotted, do not unpack, remove your belongings and request a change
- Be sure that you do not move to a room adjacent and/or directly
above/below the suspected infestation.
- Upon returning home, inspect suitcases and other belongings
before bringing them into the house.
- Wash all of your clothes - even those that have not been worn -
in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that
far are not placed into your drawers/closet.
For more information about bed bugs, visit allthingsbedbugs.org.
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's
commitment to the protection of public health, food and