Bed Bug Epidemic Not Waning Survey Shows [Infographic]
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.
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.