ATLANTA — Despite media reports that make it seem like the country has been overrun by bedbugs, most Americans seem to be taking this latest scare in stride, with about one in 10 respondents in a nationwide survey saying they or someone they know has had a bedbug problem, according to a press release
That number was higher (nearly two out of 10) among survey respondents from the Northeast, where cities like New York City have been particularly hard-hit with bedbug infestations, the release noted.
Regional differences aside, the country was fairly evenly split in terms of their bedbug concerns: Just under half said they were concerned about picking up bedbugs, while half were not, according to the survey conducted by Infogroup/ORC
on behalf of Enforcer® Brand
pest control products, the release stated.
"Bedbugs can be a problem anywhere — from big cities to small towns, from coast to coast and in a variety of settings," says Mari Hayes, vice president, product development and marketing, Zep Retail
— manufacturer of Enforcer brand products — noting that 25 percent of survey respondents are only afraid of picking up bedbugs when staying at a hotel and nine percent think bedbugs are only a real problem in big cities like New York City.
"Fortunately, there are things you can do to avoid them from the start and to eliminate them if you get them," Hayes added.