Since the resurgence of bed bugs in the 1990s, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has been advocating for funding for research on bed bugs, including most recently at the EPA’s Bed Bug Summit, the Congressional Bed Bug Forum and through direct visits with Members of Congress. With the dramatic resurgence of this pest and the lack of basic biological data available consistent with today’s scientific standards and practices, it is imperative we better understand more about the biology and habits of the pest. According to a study conducted by NPMA, one in five Americans has now come into contact with bed bugs directly or indirectly through friends or family members. Scientific research on the pest will better equip pest management professionals to control bed bugs efficiently and effectively.
- Many pathogens have been found to be associated with bed bugs, however, no evidence has been uncovered (including the results found in this particular study) indicating that bed bugs can transmit disease to humans. This is why additional research continues to be a great priority.
- Only in recent years has research ramped up on this pest and there is still much work to be done regarding scientific research on the biology of bed bugs.
- More than 95% of pest professionals reported treating bed bugs last year; up from fewer than 25% of professionals in 2000.
- 76% of pest professionals believe bed bugs are the most challenging pest to control.