April

10

2014

 
bed bug survey reveals infestations on the rise

There is nothing that can bash a reputation of a business quite the way a bed bug can. This tiny, crawly insect may not pose a threat to humans in the form of diseases or parasites, but your business is another story. You don’t ever want to get that call where a guest at your hotel, a resident in your nursing home, or a student in one of your dorms tells you he or she has bed bug bites.

While this is a problem no one wants to have to deal with, if it’s one you’re facing, you’re certainly not alone. More and more businesses and homes are having to establish bed bug control plans. The 2013 Bugs Without Borders Survey done by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky shows that bed bugs continue to be a growing problem in businesses and homes throughout the United States. Since bed bugs are more prevalent across the country than in previous years, the likelihood of these bugs catching a ride on your customers, guests or visitors is definitely in the realm of possibilities.

The major findings of the NPMA survey shows that there is more to do in exterminating bed bugs and while some progress is being made, homeowners and business owners alike need to continue to work towards decreasing and eliminating bed bugs. Those findings include:

  1. Nearly all pest control professionals have treated bed bugs. Did you know that 99.6% of all pest control companies in the U.S. had to perform bed bug treatments? That is up from 99% in 2011.
  2. Most bed bug infestations are residential. While this is good news for business owners, it also means that you have to keep your guard up and be on the offensive to keep bed bugs out.
  3. Bed bugs don’t discriminate! Professionals have treated bed bugs in hotels, dorms, nursing homes, offices, hospitals, schools, movie theaters, and even libraries.
  4. While clutter may not cause a bed bug infestation, it can make it tougher to treat. Places with clutter problems are more likely to have a bed bug problem return in the future.
  5. Bed bugs can strike and be an annoyance anytime of the year, but almost half of the infestations happen in the summer months. This could be because more people are traveling and while that can be good news for your bottom line, it can also be bad news concerning a possible bed bug infestation.

Working with pest control professionals is the best way to manage bed bugs, effectively and discreetly. As evident in this survey, it is likely a matter of time before bed bugs attempt to find their way into your home or business. This also shows why it is so important to have a plan already in place to help keep them out. When everyone works together and attempts to keep bed bugs out and in control, the numbers on surveys like these could start to go down instead of continuing to grow. Contact the professionals at Sprague today and learn more about the bed bug services we offer and how they can really help you!