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New National Survey Confirms Bed Bugs Are Back in a Big Way

The National Pest Management Association has just released the results of a Comprehensive Global Bed Bug Study conducted with the University of Kentucky confirming that the bed bug population is definitely back and in a very big way. Based on the results of this study, Arrow Exterminators, a local pest and termite control company is reaching out to educate the public on this very real threat. The study suggests that we are on the threshold of a bed bug pandemic, not just in the United States, but around the world.

In the U.S., bed bugs are infesting 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 and these voracious pests don't discriminate between rich and poor, don't have a preference for climate or environment. Education and vigilance are the key to detecting and preventing bed bug infestations.

Bed bugs leave itchy, bloody welts on human skin. Adult bed bugs can live for a year without eating, making them especially hard to control. Once inside a hotel or home, bed bugs spread rapidly from room to room - through pipes, in vacuum cleaners, on clothing and luggage. In a hotel, bed bugs can even spread to neighboring rooms, since guests are may end up moving to another room.

The public should be made aware of this growing threat to help safeguard their families. There are steps they can take to minimize their risk of infestation.

Consumers should be vigilant in assessing their surroundings. When returning from a trip, check luggage and clothing. If you think you may have a bed bug infestation, contact a pest control professional. This is not a pest that can be controlled with do-it-yourself measures.


INTERVIEW/VISUAL OPPORTUNITIES:

  • On-camera or phone interview with a local Arrow expert on bed bug prevention and treatment who can offer tips homeowners can take to combat the pest problems.
  • Possible live inspection/treatment at a home experiencing a bed bug infestation.



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