There’s no doubt about it: bedbugs are back. In a recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association, 95 percent of U.S. pest control companies surveyed indicated that they had encountered a bedbug infestation in the past year. Prior to 2000, only 25 percent of respondents had encountered one. These pests are not limited to any one specific type of dwelling. Infestations, which are occurring on a national scale, have been found in multi-family housing, apartments, hotels, retirement homes and even hospitals.
Bedbugs leave itchy, bloody welts on human skin. 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, making them especially hard to control. Once inside a hotel or home, bedbugs spread rapidly from room to room, through pipes, in vacuum cleaners, on clothing and luggage. Bedbugs should not be equated with filth or sanitation problems. They are elusive, transient and nocturnal pests that are often found in areas other than the bed.
To prevent bedbug infestations, we need to be vigilant in assessing our surroundings. When returning from a trip or welcoming visitors to our homes, we should check luggage and clothing. When a bedbug infestation is suspected, it’s best to contact a pest control company. This is not a pest that can be controlled with do-it-yourself measures. While killing bedbugs isn’t difficult, killing all of them is what makes it a job for professionals.
For more information on bedbugs or any pest issue, contact Chem-free Organic Pest and Lawn at 512-837-9681.