Metropolis, the blog of the Wall Street Journal, just released an article containing a number of startling stats regarding what preventative measures people are taking to avoid bed bugs in their lives. Here’s a snapshot of these (shocking) bed bug stats:
Bed Bug Overview
- 79% of survey respondents have seen, heard or read about bed bugs in the last few months
- Residential bed bug complaints in New York City rose nearly 7% in 2010, according to the city’s Department of Housing, Preservation and Development. There were 4,846 bed bug-related violations and 13,472 complaints, up slightly from 4,811 and 12,594 in 2009.
What are people doing to prevent bed bugs?
- 54% of respondents have not changed their behavior in order to avoid contracting bed bugs
- 29% of respondents wash newly purchased clothing
- 27% inspect and wash clothing after returning from a trip
- 25% check their hotel rooms for bedbugs
- 16% examine second-hand furniture
- Only 14% of those surveyed have purchased any bed bug-preventative products
When all else fails, blame the government.
- 72% of respondents said the federal government wasn’t doing enough to control the issue
And who is most likely to encounter a bed bug problem? According to the WSJ:
“The demographic profile of those most likely to contract bedbugs is “younger, a renter and from an urban environment.” By age, people in the 18-34 category were 28% more likely to have encounters with bedbugs than other groups to have bedbugs, the survey found.”