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Study: Blood-sucking Bed Bugs Invading All Parts of the U.S.

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Bed bugs are invading America’s cities and homes in a big way. They’re being found in homes, apartments, hotels, retail stores, offices, places of worship, college dorms, hospitals, daycares, libraries, modes of transportation, movie theaters, laundry facilities and other places where humans live and gather.

Those are the findings of a new survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, which confirms what pest management professionals across the U.S. and around the world have been seeing in the field.

The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius Linnaeus 1758) is an ectoparasite insect (a parasite which lives on the outside of the body of the host) of the family Cimicidae. Bed bugs feed only on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts. Although they have a cryptic behavior and can conceal themselves in tight cracks and crevices, bed bugs are often found in bed parts, such as mattresses and box springs, hence the common name.

“The results of the 2010 Comprehensive Global Bed Bug Study suggest that we are on the threshold of a bed bug pandemic, not just in the United States, but around the world,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Because bed bugs don’t discriminate between rich and poor, don’t have a preference for climate or environment, public awareness, education and vigilance are key in detecting and preventing bed bug infestations.”

Visual inspections are the preferred method of determining if a bed bug infestation exists. They're the size and color of an apple seed, like to travel and will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply. Bed bugs are elusive, nocturnal creatures, and beside the mattress and headboard, they can be found behind baseboards, electrical switch plates, picture frames, wallpaper, upholstery and in furniture crevices. They come out at night for a blood meal.

The 2010 Comprehensive Global Bed Bug Study findings are based on responses from 1,000 U.S. and international pest management companies. Highlights include:

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EmpowHER Guest

"Yay" for global travel, bringing these nasty damn things back with a vengeance :( So disgusting! My daughter moved into an apartment run by a slumlord, obviously, and had to get rid of nearly everything. The apartment was infested! Slumlords refused to properly treat it, reimburse her losses... Makes me sick!

June 9, 2017 - 2:47pm
EmpowHER Guest

i travel alot and i check for bedbugs all the time but i am keeping receipts from every hotel i stay at as proof so if i get bedbugs in my home i will file a lawsuit against the last hotel i stayed at and make them pay to clean up the infestation

August 5, 2010 - 9:34am
EmpowHER Guest

Bed bugs are just so nasty. I did find this blog that gives some great tips on how to get rid of the bugs

August 5, 2010 - 7:20am
EmpowHER Guest

Do whatever you can to avoid getting bedbugs. I am living a nightmare and don't know when it will end.

August 4, 2010 - 6:54pm
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