Bed Bugs: Tips to Stem The InvasionNPMA Staff
Thursday, February 10, 2011
According to a
recent survey, one out of every five Americans knows someone
who has dealt with a bed bug
infestation or has experienced one themselves.
The survey, which was conducted by the National Pest Management
Association (NPMA), revealed that Americans are concerned about
picking up bed bugs in different locations: hotels (80 percent);
public transportation (52 percent), their own homes (36 percent);
workplaces and other's homes (32 percent).
Still, many people are misinformed. For example, 29 percent of
respondents believed that bed
bugs were more common in low-income households. Bed bugs do not
discriminate on income, and they can be found in both unclean and
sanitary conditions. Nearly half of the respondents thought that
bed bugs transmit disease to their human victims. They do not, but
their bites can cause itchy, red welts.
The good news? As Americans have become more aware of bed bugs,
they've taken steps to reduce their risk of an infestation.
"Our survey shows that people are taking the bed bug resurgence
seriously and are modifying their daily routines to avoid
infestations," said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public
affairs for NPMA.
The NPMA offers the following tips for people hoping to keep bed bugs out of their homes:
- Check your hotel room for bed bugs before unpacking. Check
behind the headboard and carefully inspect sofas and chairs, as
well as the mattress and box spring. Do not place your suitcase on
the bed. If you see bed bugs, change rooms or establishments
- When you return home, inspect your suitcase before bringing it
inside. Vacuum your suitcase inside and out, and wash all of your
clothes in hot water, whether you wore them or not.
- If you suspect that you have bed bugs, contact a licensed pest
professional. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to remove, but a
professional can perform an inspection and recommend a
comprehensive treatment plan.
For more information about bed bugs, visit NPMA's Bed Bug Hub.
The 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 property.