Scared of bed bugs coming to your home? We already knew you weren’t alone in worrying, but now you have science to back you up. The next time someone calls you paranoid for checking your hotel room for signs of bed bugs, remind them that bed bugs are the pest renters would least like to see, according to a new survey by Orkin.
The nasty blood-suckers took up 39% of the vote, putting them way ahead of rodents at 28%, cockroaches at 26%, and a wide range of other pests like ants, flies, spiders, and stink bugs. Part of the fear may be the result of uncertainty at how landlords might address a bed bug problem: only 17% of surveyed renters reported having a bed bug policy in place. Landlords can’t take all of the blame for bed bugs spreading, of course – according to the survey, 40% of apartment pest sightings go unreported, and 60% of renters will look for a new place to live if pest issues recur.
Bed bugs are everywhere nowadays. About 1 in 5 Americans either have bed bugs or recently had them, and infestations are being reported every day in all 50 states. They are most commonly found in urban environments, and especially in apartments or multi-family buildings; however, suburban and rural areas are not immune, and bed bugs don’t discriminate based on cleanliness or social status.
If you weren’t scared when you started the article, you probably are a little scared now. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can reduce the chances of bringing an uninvited blood-sucking guest into your home:
- Use ClimbUp Interceptors and SafeRest mattress covers to secure your bed from invading bed bugs. These will stop bed bugs from crawling up the legs of your bed, and will cut off common hiding places along the seams and folds of your mattress and box spring.
- Thoroughly inspect your hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs, and report anything you find to the hotel management.
- Don’t put your luggage on the bed or carpet of a hotel room. Instead, leave your luggage in the car or in the bath tub.
- Use a portable bed bug heater to treat your luggage and other belongings when you come home from traveling.