“Bed bugs are found in many places, not limited to any one specific type of dwelling. Pest control companies have been reporting infestations everywhere including single family homes, multi-family housing, apartments, hotels, hospitals, schools and college campuses, office buildings, retail stores, movie theaters and even public transportation. Nowadays, even five-star hotels and high-end clothing stores are susceptible to infestations.
Today, bed bugs can be found throughout almost every region of the world and in all 50 U.S. states. Specifically, the pests were encountered by 17 percent of 2011 Bed Bugs in America survey respondents in the Northeast; 20 percent in the Midwest; 20 percent in the South; and 19 percent in the West.” (NPMA)
Now that you know some common areas bed bugs are found, we have listed some factors that favor the common bed bug.
- Poor sanitation makes inspection and treatment difficult but cleanliness has little to do with the presence of bed bugs.
- Clutter creates more harborage for bed bugs and makes inspection and treatment difficult.
- Cracks and crevices in wooden furniture and structural components like baseboards, as well as fabric lined furniture provides the preferred harborage for bed bugs.
- High people traffic areas creates more opportunities for bed bug introduction.
- Storage of personal belongings that are not regularly washed and exposed to many public and sleeping areas such as backpacks, luggage, and jackets.