Bed Bug Central announced results from its June survey, and as anticipated June brought an increase in bed bug activity in many of the regions across the United States.
Bed Bug Central’s Jeff White said June findings are consistent with seasonal fluctuations with bed bug activity that have been observed since the resurgence of these pests around 2005. “It has been well documented by many different researchers and bed bug experts that bed bug activity in residential settings increases in the summer months, specifically July, August and September.”
Knowing this, Bed Bug Central expected to see an increase in June bed bug activity; although the Mountain Time Zone (region 5) and West coast (region 6) appear to be lagging behind with an increase in bed bug activity.
White said, “An interesting observation moving forward will be to note whether this is an anomaly in the data or this is a seasonal trend we note each year (stay tuned to next year’s survey results).”
Another interesting observation, White noted, was that several companies based largely in hospitality noted being “up significantly” in June. “We find this observation interesting and the question it raises is whether or not vacation season drives bed bug activity,” he said.
As for the quarterly analysis, Regions 5 and 6 were slow all quarter compared to the rest of the US. The Southeast and traditional Mid-West (regions 2-4) were busy most of Q2 and no slow down appears in sight. The Northeast (region 1) had a minor slowdown in May but companies reported it being busy again in June. “We expected the busy trend to continue for regions 1-4 and will monitor regions 5 and 6 to see if the slow/flat spell stops and bed bug activity picks up for more companies located in those regions,” White said.