A recent article published by Slate, a division of the Washington Post, discusses bedbugs and their presence in the United States since the late 1800’s. Overall, in recent years, the bedbug epidemic is on the rise, but hysteria shouldn’t be the focus of this hype. Entomologist Dr. Dini Miller highlights the point here:
She separates the world into two types of people: those who may get bedbugs but will get rid of them, and those who may get bedbugs and will have to learn to live with them.
-Dini Miller, Ph.D. Virginia Tech
Although bedbugs are also being found out of beds and in public spaces, entomologists and pest management companies agree that proper precautions and treatment will help isolate the problem. The article also notes that although bedbugs are not harmless, they are far less transmissible than media reports would have you believe. It is true that you are not likely to bring a bedbug home after being at a location that may have a bedbug population. However, the increased presence of bedbugs continues to escalate and unfortunately for us, bedbugs are another pesky pest that Mother Nature supplies. It’s important to take away that although these bugs are a nuisance, they are not unstoppable or unmanageable.
In all, it comes down to being knowledgeable and aware. Bedbugs still affect Americans from all backgrounds and it is essential to be educated about the insect, symptoms, and where to look for them.