The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) has conducted their 2018 Bugs Without Borders survey and found that bed bugs remain a pervasive problem in the U.S.
- Almost all (97 percent) pest professionals have treated bed bugs in the past year.
- Bed bugs may be easily confused with other pests, as 84 percent of pest control professionals were initially contacted about a different type of pest before identifying them as bed bugs.
- More than half of pest control professionals noted that they receive the most bed bug complaints during the summer, as increased travel during this time of the year may help spread bed bugs from vacation destinations to homes or even college lodgings to homes as students go on summer break.
The top three places where pest professionals encounter bed bugs are single-family homes (91 percent), apartments/condominiums (89 percent), and hotels/motels (68 percent). However, bed bugs can be found in high numbers in a variety of other places:
- Nursing Homes – 59 percent
- Schools & Day Care Centers – 47 percent
- Office Buildings – 46 percent
- College Dorms – 45 percent
- Hospitals – 36 percent
- Public Transportation – 19 percent
Bites are the most commonly reported sign of an infestation (92 percent) and more than half of people reach out for treatment after discovering bites and welts on their bodies. Although some people immediately develop a skin reaction to bites, others may take two to three days before showing obvious symptoms or any symptoms at all, meaning that people could be unaware of a bed bug problem until a full-blown infestation has taken root.
Typically found in couches and bed frames, bed bugs can also be found in some of the most unexpected places, including stuffed animals, wheelchairs, airplanes, school buses, purses and even inside bedside lamps.
A1 Exterminators is certified and trained in removing any type of bed bug infestation. If you think you may have a pest problem, contact us for a full home inspection.