April 17, 2015 by Doug Moore
The Northeast’s bed bug problem is expected to worsen this summer as temperatures rise and vacationers increase traffic in hotels, entomologists and pest-control experts say.
Hotels and summer camps are among the businesses seeking information about policies and procedures for dealing with bed bugs.
Property managers, hotel managers, and summer camp directors understand it’s inevitable at this point. There’s really no true prevention for bed bugs other than education.
Bed bugs’ recent spread may be boosted this spring and summer as temperatures rise, potentially increasing challenges that have already been faced by New Jersey and Philadelphia businesses in recent years.
At 65 degrees, it takes three months for bed bugs to become adults. At 86 degrees, it takes only three weeks for them to go from eggs to adults.
One pregnant female bedbug can produce up to 300 bugs in about six weeks.
Here at The Bed Bug Hunters, we definitely see a significant increase in phone calls about bed bugs during the summer and fall seasons.
A more important factor in seasonal bed bug surges may not be temperature changes so much as the travel schedules of their hosts. We also see big spikes after vacation periods.
Statistics to verify reported increases of bed bug infestations are hard to come by. That’s because homeowners, landlords, and businesses typically are not required to report infestations to local or state health officials.
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