According to a recent National Pest Management Association survey, 95% of companies in the pest control industry said they’ve encountered a bedbug infestation in the last year. in 2000, only 25% of respondents could say the same. Yikes!
At the Environmental Protection Agency’s second conference on the issue on Tuesday, Jonathan Wild, a housing official from Portland warned that we are "never going to get rid of bedbugs in our lifetime." Why so dramatic?
Well, consider the facts. A female bedbug can produce an average of 400 baby bedbugs in her lifetime. (Ew!) Not to mention the fact that most of then can survive for up to a year between feedings. (Double ew!)
Extreme temperatures will help get rid of them–especially putting sheets in the dryer. But this will only contain the problem, not eliminate it completely.
Conclusion: The bedbug problem is not going anywhere fast.