Bed Bugs around the US

Bed bugs continue to be a growing problem. Possible reasons for the resurgence of bed bugs range from increased international travel, to the fact that methods for eliminating bed bugs have been changed. It is said that the best way to prevent bed bugs is to not let them in the house in the first place. This becomes a difficult solution to achieve because bed bugs are infesting every area we inhabit: our homes, movie theaters, stores, dressing rooms, and office buildings.

A survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky says that 95% of 1,000 U.S and international pest management companies reported encountering bed bug infestations. This amount increased from what used to be 25% merely a decade ago.   Once bed bugs enter your home, the cost to eliminate them can be thousands of dollars. Missy Henriksen, spokeswoman for the National Pest Management Association, emphasizes that even though most people do not have bed bugs, it is more tormenting and exigent to get rid of them once they are present, rather than taking preliminary approaches in preparation.

Although many places can contain bed bugs, one of the most invasive and disturbing of all is your own bed. The best way to discover bed bugs is to inspect your sheets, mattress seams, and by use a flashlight to look under your headboard.

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Bedbug bites are also a way of discovering that you may have bedbugs. Bed bugs are not known for transmitting disease, but may cause itching and red welts (while some people have no reaction at all). Bed bug cases have also been known to take an emotional and mental toll on people.

Want help preventing bed bugs before they get to you? See tip sheets and bed bug prevention products at www.bedbug.com.

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