The largest bedbug survey ever conducted suggests that the blood sucking menaces have become more prevalent throughout the country – not just New York City. Despite their name, bedbugs need not live in a bed; bedbugs are found in single-family homes, apartments buildings, condos, motels, retail stores, schools, churches and even places of business.
The survey indicated that 90% of the responding companies reported treating bedbug infestations in apartments, condos or houses. To make matters worse, in a survey sponsored by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), the results suggest that bedbug infestations are increasing all over the country. It’s reported that bedbug related calls have increased by 81% over the last decade and 57% over the last five years.
Bedbugs spread by traveling with clothing and suitcases, feeding on the blood of both residents and their pets. They most often live within 10 to 20 feet of their hosts, preferring dark spaces under baseboards, behind hanging pictures or behind headboards. It’s said that one of the better ways for residents to thwart a bedbug infestation is by cleaning clothes (even if they were not worn) and drying them in high heat immediately as well as vacuuming out their suitcase upon returning from an overnight trip.