Below are the top five findings from the 2013 Bugs Without Borders Survey:
1. Nearly all (99.6 percent) pest professionals have treated bed bugs in the past year, slightly higher than the 99 percent that reported the same in 2011.
2. The majority of bed bug infestations occur in residential settings, such as apartments/condominiums and single-family homes, with 98 percent and 96 percent of respondents treating these dwellings respectively. Two years ago, about nine out of ten respondents reported treating infestations in these settings.
3. As in previous years, survey respondents continue to treat for bed bugs in a variety of places outside private residences, such as college dorms, hotels, nursing homes, offices, schools and daycare centers, hospitals, public transportation and others:
Hotels/motels – 75 percent (80 percent in 2011)
College dorms – 47 percent (54 percent in 2011)
Nursing homes – 46 percent (46 percent in 2011)
Office buildings – 36 percent (38 percent in 2011)
Schools and day care centers – 41 percent (36 percent in 2011)
Hospitals – 33 percent (31 percent in 2011)
Transportation (train/bus/taxi) – 21 percent (18 percent in 2011)
Movie theaters – 10 percent (17 percent in 2011)
Retail stores – 15 percent (21 percent in 2011)
Libraries – 12 percent (8 percent in 2011)
Restaurants – 7 percent (6 percent in 2011)
Airplanes – 2 percent (6 percent in 2011)
Laundromats – 9 percent (6 percent in 2011)
NOTE: Percentages denote professionals reporting treating bed bugs in specific locations.
4. Clutter contributes to the problem as approximately two-thirds of respondents point to homeowner clutter as the biggest customer-oriented challenge in treating bed bugs, while 58 percent say customers not following advice and 16 percent point to re-infestation. Bed bugs continue to be the most difficult pest to treat according the 76 percent of respondents.
5. Although not a seasonal pest, prime bed bug time appears to be during the summer months with nearly half (49 percent) of respondents saying infestations occur most often then and least often in the winter. While pest professionals are divided over whether there is “peak season” for bedbugs, more than half of those who notice a seasonal difference receive more calls during summer. Since people tend to travel and relocate more during the summer months, it is possible that a greater number of people unknowingly transport the bugs back home from their travels, or discover them soon after moving.
If you’re concerned that you have bed bugs in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.