Where They Come From

Bedbugs can be found all over the world. And they’re great travelers. But they don’t just wander into new places. They get carried in. They travel in furniture, luggage, clothing and other personal belongings.

Bedbugs have been around for centuries and were brought to the United States by early colonists. After World War II, they were nearly wiped out in most developed countries because of the use of the pesticide DDT. But DDT was banned in 1972 because it was so toxic to the environment.

Experts say bedbugs’ numbers are on the rise because of an increase in international travel, immigration and resistance to insecticides.

Bedbug infestations are common in dwellings that have a large turnover of occupants, such as hotels, hospitals, college dormitories and homeless shelters.

And contrary to popular belief, poor housekeeping does not draw bedbugs, although bedbugs are more likely to go unnoticed in a cluttered dwelling.