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Bed Bugs Continue to Be a Pest for Commercial Facilities

TACOMA, WA--(Marketwired - January 06, 2014) - After decades of dormancy bed bugs made a comeback five years ago and have been a severe pain in the side of commercial facilities and pest management professionals ever since.

In a recent nationwide survey of pest management professionals by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, virtually every pest professional (99.6%) indicated they had serviced a bed bug infestation in the past 12 months.

While bed bugs are primarily found in residences, commercial facilities are no stranger to these tiny, blood-sucking pests. The survey also compared bed bug activity levels in commercial facilities in 2013 versus 2010:

1. Hotels (75%/67%)
2. College dorms (47%/35%)
3. Nursing homes (46%/25%)
4. Schools and day care centers (41%/10%)
5. Office buildings (36%/18%)
6. Hospitals (33%/12%)
7. Transportation (trains, buses, taxis) - (21%/9%)
8. Movie theaters (10%/4%)

"Bed bugs are highly mobile pests and their eggs are nearly impossible to detect with the naked eye," says Jeff Weier, technical director for Sprague Pest Solutions. "They are usually discovered after they bite unsuspecting humans leaving itchy red marks or leave their tell-tale sign -- tiny dark colored blood spots on bedding or upholstery."

Sprague Pest Solutions (www.spraguepest.com), founded in 1926, delivers innovative pest solutions to commercial and residential pest management customers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado. Sprague is a Copesan Services partner.