Bed bugs are making the headlines everyday. That’s why we had Dr. Ballard discussing them at the 2010 New York Pest Expo. That is also why the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky’s Dr. Michael Potter conducted a survey to better understand the resurgence of these pests and their impact. Following is a report on that study.

Highlights Of The Global Bed Bug Study (2010)

Almost 1000 U.S. and international pest management professionals participated in a survey conducted jointly by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky’s Dr. Michael Potter regarding their experiences with the resurgence of bed bugs. Here is some of the key information learned from the U.S. respondents:

  • Bed bugs predominate in apartments and homes (80%), hotels (60%), dorm rooms and shelters (30%), nursing homes (20%) and office buildings (15%)
  • Average number of treatments to gain control: 2.25
  • The primary detection methods include: visual inspections (90%),glue traps (40%), interceptors (20%), canines (15%), CO2 lures(15%).
  • The primary treatment methods include: insecticides (80%), laundering (70%), mattress and box spring encasement (70%), disposal (60%), vacuuming (50%), steam (30%), heat (20%), fumigation (10%), freezing (5%).

A lesson learned from the international respondents is that bed bugs are more manageable where older families of chemicals are allowed to be used (organophosphates and carbamates). These substances are no longer allowed in the U.S.


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