PUBLISHED ON June 18th, 2013
Bed bugs were once a fabled critter that perhaps your grandparents recounted as a childhood concern. For several decades, Americans thought the bugs were history, a problem that only people overseas encountered. Over the last decade, however, bed bugs have made a big comeback in all 50 states—in sanitary and unsanitary conditions alike—and can be a problem no matter where you book your summer travel.
Bed Bug Facts
- In 2013, 99.6 percent of U.S. pest management companies treated bed bug infestations.
- Bed bugs appear the most during the summer.
- Bed bugs are harder to treat than ants, termites and cockroaches.
- 20 percent of Americans have experienced a bed bug infestation or know someone who acquired bed bugs from a hotel or another person’s home.
- Every region in the U.S. has an equal distribution of bed bugs.
- 80 percent of Americans are concerned about exposure to bed bugs in hotels.
- 25 percent of Americans inspect hotel rooms for bed bugs.
- 17 percent of U.S. travelers inspect or vacuum luggage after returning home from a trip.
- 12 percent of U.S. travelers have canceled trips because of bed bug concerns.
Bed bugs can:
- Lay one to five eggs per day.
- Survive for many months without eating
- Pass through stitch holes and closed zippers when they are young.
- Draw blood for up to 5 minutes.
- Eat seven times their own weight.
While bugs have not so far been found to transmit diseases, they are a nuisance that only get worse when left uncontrolled. If you have any bed bug concerns or want to schedule a free bed bug inspection, contact Eden Pest today.
[ Photo by: elitatt, on Flickr, via CC License ]