1. Has there really been a resurgence in bedbugs in the U.S. and
how do you know?
There HAS been an increase in bedbug infestations. Our member
pest control companies who received 1 or 2 bedbug calls a year are
now reporting 1 to 2 each week. That’s 50 times more calls.
2. Where have you been finding the bedbugs?
These pests are not limited to any one specific type of dwelling.
Pest control companies have been reporting the infestations in multi-
family housing, apartments, hotels and even hospitals.
3. What states have been affected?
Pest control companies have reported bed bug activity on a national
scale. Bedbugs are being found from the East to the West Coast;
and everywhere in between.
4. Why are bedbugs so hard to treat?
Bedbegs should NOT be equated with filth or sanitation problems --
in hotels or in homes, for that matter. Bedbugs are VERY elusive,
transient and nocturnal pests. They are often found in other areas
besides the bed. And they are hardy. They can live for a year or
more without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures
from nearly freezing to almost 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Bedbugs
CAN be controlled with vigilance and constant inspection and
treatment by professional pest control companies.
5. Are bedbugs hard to control?
No. They simply require the expertise and constant attention of a
pest control professional.
6. What can a consumer do to protect themselves from bedbug
To prevent bedbug infestations, consumers need to be vigilant in
assessing their surroundings. When returning from a trip, check your
luggage and clothing. If you think you may have a bed bug
infestation, contact a pest control professional. This is not a pest
that can be controlled with do-it-yourself measures.
7. Why are bed bugs an issue for hotels, visitors, and homeowners?
Bed bugs leave itchy, bloody welts on human skin. Adult bed bugs
can live for a year without eating, making them especially hard to
control. Once inside a hotel or home, bed bugs spread rapidly from
room to room - through pipes, in vacuum cleaners, on clothing and
luggage. In a hotel, bed bugs can even spread to neighboring
rooms, since guests are may end up moving to another room.
8. Are bedbugs just in beds?
Bedbugs are not just in beds. They can be in chair cushions, sofas,
behind electrical outlets, cracks and crevices around baseboards, or
even behind picture frames. In other words, they can be live pretty
9. How does one control bedbugs?
Any effective bed bug control strategy should start with a careful,
thorough inspection by a pest control professional of all known and
suspected spots where the bugs may be harboring. This is not a
pest that can be controlled effectively with do-it-yourself measures.
As they are discovered, the pest control professional will develop a
treatment and control strategy with the customer depending on the
extent of the infestation.