How to Kill Bed Bugs at Home in the U.S.

Why Bed Bugs Have Taken Over

In recent years, the U.S. has experienced a resurgence of bed bugs cases after nearly half a century. Although they mostly congregate in urban areas like New York and Philadelphia, they have also been spotted nationwide from Ohio to New Jersey.

One of the main reasons for this revival is the bug’s resistance to common pesticides. Over time, bed bugs have become immune to the pesticides widely used to treat for bed bugs. Without redeveloping the pesticide, pest control companies are now scrambling to find the next product that can get rid of the parasitic pests more permanently.

But homeowners don’t want to continue relying on toxic chemicals to get rid of their bed bugs problems at home. Until 2007, the only products available for consumer user against bed bugs contained propoxur, an insecticide developed in the 1950s to treat for mosquitoes, ants, and agricultural pests. Now banned by the Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners are becoming desperate for solutions.

See below for statistics on bed bugs and what you can do to get rid and avoid bed bugs in your home:

Bed Bug Statistics in the U.S.

To put perspective into the bed bug epidemic, here are some statistics taken from

  • In 2009, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development received over 10,000 bug infestation complaints.
  • Between 2002 and 2006, pest control companies in Charlotte, N.C. treated 25% of the town’s hotels for bed bugs.
  • Although the majority of the country experienced a rise in bed bugs, only a handful of them have created bed bug hotlines. These include Georgia, California, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and 10 other states.
  • 52% of American pest control agencies reported using anti-bed bug mattress encasements.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs (or at least avoid them)

  • Purchase plastic mattress encasements
  • Wash bed sheets with hot water regularly
  • Wipe down suitcases after traveling and wash all the clothes
  • Refurbish antique furniture before installing it in your home


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