Bed Bugs – A Growing Health Threat
The news media have been reporting that the country has witnessed a considerable increase in bed bug activity during the past few years. This is because bed bugs have had an opportunity to firmly establish populations in places like office buildings, commercial properties, schools, movie theaters and anywhere people gather. In fact, some states have already seen a 40 percent increase in bed bug activity since 2010.
The effective treatment for bed bugs should start with at least a basic understanding of the biology and behavior of the pest. They are the size and color of an apple seed and are ecto-parasite (feed from the exterior of a host) that feeds solely on blood. A popular misconception is that bed bugs are only found in beds in homes. While this may be a common hiding spot for bed bugs, these pests are rapidly moving into public areas and can be found in office building furniture, retail store inventory and a variety of other areas.