Entomologists across the country are urging the public to be vigilant about bed bug prevention now more than ever.
Data from the 2013 Bugs without Borders Survey by the National Pest Management Association reveals that 98 percent of pest management professionals encountered a bed bug infestation during the past 12 months in an apartment or condominium, up from 90 percent in 2011. In a recent news release, experts note that the bed bug problem is not going away any time soon.
“Bed bugs have been a hot topic in the news during the past several years; especially when a new geographical area is infested or bed bugs are discovered in public places such as hotels or shopping centers,” Dini Miller, Ph. D., Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech, said in the release. “Unfortunately, people have become desensitized to the issue, leading them to believe the risk has decreased, but the issue is actually greater than before.”
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