Bed Bugs aren’t just found in the United States, but other countries as well. In fact traveling is a huge cause of bed bugs, bed bugs have been called the “hitch hikers of the world”. In the past six years there has been a great increase of bed bugs in West Australia.
Pest control companies are reporting a 5,780 per cent increase. The spread is from hotels, cinemas, private homes, offices and public transportation and the bugs have developed a resistance to chemical treatment. Infestations, like in cinemas, are extremely hard to control.
Typically in a private home someone may spend $600 to get rid of bed bugs, but Greg Mills (owner of Allpest) said he knew of a couple that had spent $7,000 to get rid of the pests in their home. In really bad infestations bed bugs can be found not only in beds but in cracks and crevices, curtains as well as the edge of carpets. Another reason for the huge rise in reported infestations is that bedbugs have built up a resistance to the low-toxicity chemicals used on mattresses to kill them.
Many agree that bed bugs are going to continue to be problematic but there also needs to be effort put forth in order to find a better way to detect and exterminate them.