CHICAGO — As many as 20 percent of Americans have had a bedbug infestation in their home or know someone who has encountered bedbugs, according to a press release
The study, released by the National Pest Management Association
(NPMA), found that those Americans most affected by bedbugs tend to live in urban areas where the incidence of bedbugs is three times higher than in rural settings, the release noted.
According to the release, most Americans believe the bedbug problem in the United States is on the increase and are most concerned about encountering bedbugs in places such as hotels (80 percent) and movie theaters (49 percent).
Although the report finds Americans are taking steps to minimize their risk of encountering bedbugs — even washing luggage after a long trip — there are still a lot of misconceptions about the pests, most specifically that the only way to eradicate them is through the use of powerful and potentially dangerous pesticides, the release stated.
"Our industry must take steps to help end-users realize that there are effective and more environmentally responsible strategies available to eradicate bedbugs," said Michael Schaffer, a senior executive with Tacony''s commercial floor care division
and president of Tornado Industries
, who is publishing a White Paper specifically addressing the bedbug problem.