Bed Bug Epidemic Not Waning Survey Shows [Infographic]

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The bed bug epidemic that has plagued the multifamily and rental housing industries over the past few years isn’t going away any time soon according to the latest Bugs Without Borders Survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky.

The survey of U.S. pest management professionals found that 99.6 percent of respondents encountered bed bug infestations in the past year and that they continue to be the most difficult pest to treat. As expected, bed bugs are most commonly found in residences, including apartments/condominiums and single-family homes, with 98 percent and 96 percent of pest professionals reporting that they treated bed bugs in these locations respectively.

Bed Bug Prevention Begins with Resident Education and Early Detection

The findings from the 2013 Bugs Without Borders survey demonstrate that bed bugs are as much, if not more of a problem today than they were a few years ago. It also shows the importance of property management teams having a bed bug action plan, as well as educating residents about the signs of a bed bug infestation.

Because when you get down to it, education and vigilance are still the best way to prevent infestations from spreading.

Bed Bug Survey Infographic

Infographic Source: National Pest Management Association

About Bugs Without Borders Survey

The 2013 Bugs Without Borders Survey highlights the latest findings on today’s continuing pervasiveness of the bed bug epidemic in the United States. The survey was conducted from January 19 to February 18, 2013, and is based on responses from 251 pest management companies across the United States.



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Michael Cunningham is Content Marketing Manager at ProofHQ, and the former Managing Editor of He worked as a social media manager for RealPage, Inc., a provider of on-demand software solutions that integrate and streamline single-family and a wide variety of multifamily rental property management business functions. He is responsible for promoting the company through various media channels, including editorial, print and online advertising, and social media. Michael received his education at Indiana University where he majored in English.

2 responses to “Bed Bug Epidemic Not Waning Survey Shows [Infographic]”

  1. Keith says:

    I think the most telling stat is the last one, that 72% say the problem is getting worse, not better. Any tips for reducing the risk of bed bugs in your apartment or home?

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