2023 Bed Bug Facts and Statistics

bed bug facts and statistics

By Lorne Chadnick – Updated on 5/14/23

Bed bug infestations are more common than most people think. It’s completely normal to be worried about an outbreak or having to deal with these pests. Check out our key facts and statistics about bed bugs to stay in the know and be prepared!

  • According to a survey by the National Pest Management Association, the top places where professionals find bed bugs are in single-family homes (91% of respondents), apartments/condos (89%), and hotels and motels (68%). The bugs have also have been found in nursing homes (59%), schools and day care centers (46%), office buildings (46%), college dorms (45%), hospitals (36%), and public transportation spaces (19%).
  • Bed bugs can survive in scorching heat up to 113 °F and chilly temperatures as low as 46 °F. Most of the time, treatments include increasing the temperature of your home to flush out the bugs from their hiding spots.
  • The average lifespan for a bed bug is 6-12 months. However, under the right conditions, they can live longer. Also, a female bed bug can lay 1 to 3 eggs each day, or about 200 to 500 in her lifetime.
  • The most common places to find bed bugs are in couches and bed frames. They are also found in places as diverse as stuffed animals, wheelchairs, airplanes, school buses, and purses.
  • 84% of bed bug professionals were initially contacted to inspect for a different pest before identifying the problem as being a bed bug infestation.
  • The U.S. city with the most bed bug infestations is Philadelphia, and Ohio is considered the state with the most bed bugs.
  • There is a 60% higher chance of being bitten by a bed bug on the upper body than on the lower body.
  • Fortunately, bed bugs don’t spread diseases. However, you may experience itching and swelling like you would a mosquito bite or spider bite.
  • Bed bugs have a musty and sweet scent. If you can smell the scent, you have a large infestation on your hands. Small infestations typically won’t noticeably smell.

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