Bed bugs have been common in U.S. history. Despite a dramatic decrease in bed bug populations seen in the 1940's and 1950's, the U.S. is one of just many countries that is now experiencing an alarming resurgence in bed bug populations. Utah, like many states in the U.S. has seen an increase in the number of bed bug infestations in hotels, multi-unit housing complexes, and in private residences.
The exact reason for the increase in bed bug infestations is not known. Although experts believe it may be associated with increased resistance of bed bugs to available pesticides, greater domestic and international travel, lack of knowledge regarding bed bug control, and lack of education regarding the prevention and spread of bed bugs.
Bed bugs do not transmit infectious disease to humans. Therefore, they are not considered a public health threat. However, their bites can cause sores on the skin that can itch and can be painful. These sores can last for a week or more and can become infected if scratched to the point that they become open wounds.
Bed bugs can be a major cause of stress (emotional, mental and physical) in ones life and cost a lot of money to treat and get rid of.
This web page contains information and other helpful resources regarding the signs, treatment, control, and prevention of bed bug infestations.