Bed Bug Facts and Statistics

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Bed Bug Facts and Statistics

Bed bugs are a major problem in the United States. They are found in all 50 states, and 99.6 percent of exterminators reported being called upon to treat at least one infestation of the insects in 2015. One out of every five people in this country had first-hand experience with a bed bug infestation in their home or in a hotel, or they know of someone who has had such a problem.

Big problems from a small parasite

Because of the pain and discomfort they can inflict on bite victims, people are frequently surprised to learn that bed bugs are surprisingly small. The reddish-brown parasitic insect that likes to feed on the blood of humans and animals is about the size of the head of our former president on a Lincoln penny.
One insect can lay up to 5 eggs each day up to 500 in the course of the one-year average lifetime of a bed bug. Their high reproduction rate means a small infestation can quickly become a large one. This also makes it essential that eradication methods address the both the adult bed bugs and the eggs that have yet to hatch.

Bed bugs can survive for months without feeding, but when they do feed, they will not stop until they have consumed up to seven times their own weight in blood. They are unaffected by temperature fluctuations and can survive in near freezing conditions up to 122 degrees.

Places where bed bugs are found

Although they are found all over the U.S., people living in urban areas seem to encounter bed bug infestations three times as much as do residents of rural areas. Locations in which people have reported encountering bed bug infestations include:

  • Private residences
  • Hotels, motels and resorts
  • Sleep-away camps
  • Nursing homes
  • Shelters
  • Group homes
  • Boarding houses
  • Day care centers
  • Hospitals
  • Public and private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Public transportation

The first sign of an infestation is usually the telltale itching and red, swollen area where a person was bitten. Other signs might include insect exoskeletons left after they molt and rust-colored spots on clothing, furniture or bedding. Other places where live insects or evidence of their presence may be found include:

  • Mattresses
  • Box springs
  • Bed frames
  • Headboards
  • Seams in wallpaper
  • Night stands
  • Carpeting

Identifying and treating bed bug bites

Any part of a person’s body can become the feeding ground for bed bugs. Bites may take up to two weeks to appear on a person, but most people develop one or more of the following symptoms much sooner:

  • redness at the site of the bite
  • Itchiness
  • Swelling
  • Infection

Other symptoms related to bed bug bites may include insomnia and anxiety caused by an inability to sleep. Some individuals experience severe allergic reactions to bed bug bites that may require immediate medical attention.

Treatment of the bites inflicted by bed bugs depends upon the severity of the condition. Doctors might prescribe antihistamines and topical antiseptics for the itching and, in the case of infection, antibiotics.

Getting rid of the problem

Bed bug infestations do not go away by themselves. A property owner must have remediation performed by a pest control professional who will investigate the extent of the problem and recommend the best method to be used. As a general rule, chemical treatments are the most effective means of eliminating an infestation.

Contact a knowledgeable attorney about bed bug injuries

The physical and emotional damage caused by exposure to bed bugs is a serious matter for which a victim might be entitled to receive compensation from a hotel, resort or property owner. The attorneys at The Felicetti Law Firm P.C. are dedicated to obtaining the maximum available compensation for individuals injured by a bed bug infestation left untreated by a negligent property owner.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney by calling us at (800) 707-1954.

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