WASHINGTON — Bedbugs appear to be on the rise around the world, as more and more experts and professionals in pest control report huge rises in prevalence, even so far as to suggest we are on the verge of a bedbug pandemic, according to a press release.
The results of the 2010 Comprehensive Global Bedbug Study
conducted by the National Pest Management Association
(NPMA) and the University of Kentucky
found that 95 percent of respondents said their company had encountered a bedbug infestation in the last year: This compared to only 25 percent reporting such encounters before 2000, the article stated.
Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA, told the press that the study suggests that "we are on the threshold of a bedbug pandemic, not just in the United States, but around the world."
One of the reasons often cited for the rise in bedbugs is the increased amount of travelling that we humans undertake, and the bugs hitch a ride in our luggage, the article noted.