A NEW Look at the Cost Effectiveness of Bed Bug Prevention Versus Treatment

Bed bugs continue to be the most difficult pest to treat according to the 2018 Bugs Without Borders survey.  The complex treatment protocols needed for bed bug infestations may include application of a combination of heat and chemicals, while the service itself is highly laborious. Depending upon the extent of the infestation, it may take several treatments to fully resolve the problem. All of these complexities surrounding bed bug treatments result in a costly venture for the home or business owner inflicted with bed bugs. While we wait for an updated 2018 report, according to NPMA’s Bed Bugs Across America 2015 study, the average cost for a bed bug job is around $1,225 for single-family homes and $3,128 for multifamily buildings in 2015, though some apartment managers spent as much as $50,000. 

Hotels are even further challenged!  According to a 2017 report issued by Orkin Pest Control, “Behind the Cost of Bed Bugs: Hospitality Industry Report,” hotels spend an average of $6,383 per bed bug incident. The number, which includes replacing soft goods, treatment and lost business, means each bed bug outbreak equals about 50 lost room nights (when using the nationwide average daily rate).  Factor in litigation costs and hoteliers are looking at more than $23,000. per incident.  According to the study over a five-year period, bed bug related costs to hoteliers could catapult to more than $160,000.

With bed bugs regularly in the news, public awareness continues to intensify regarding this blood-sucking pest. In parallel, interest in bed bug prevention methods has also heightened. It is quite easy to come into contact with bed bugs as they are excellent hitchhikers and do not discriminate between hosts. They can be found as easily at a five-star resort as they can a roadside motel and homeowners are commonly afflicted with them.

While all sorts of bed bug detection tools have hit the market in recent years, these devices are often not fully reliable in detecting a low-level infestation or a recent infestation. And once detected, costly bed bug treatments still must be employed. Mattress and box spring encasements were at one time expected to change the landscape of bed bugs, however, they only serve to protect the bedding (not the host).  Infestations can still develop on top of the encasement and given their frequency to rip or tear, they often serve as an excellent harborage site for bed bugs to hide inside of the encasement.   Often the encasement is overlooked as it is falsely expected to be intact rather than subject to periodic inspection.

The current trend, supported by renowned bed bug experts, is to move away from relying on treatment techniques for controlling bed bugs but rather actually preventing infestations before they establish. And while there are initial upfront costs involved in instituting a preventive strategy, the overall benefits significantly outweigh these costs.

According to Dr. Alvaro Romero, assistant professor of urban entomology, New Mexico State University, “Although proactive IPM approaches for bed bugs may initially generate substantial additional costs, these long-term programs may eventually make economic sense as the best ways to effectively manage bed bugs…"

Consider this: a product exists that not only helps you detect bed bugs on a bed but will also kill them at the same time. And what if we told you the product is as easy to install as a fitted sheet; requires no maintenance; will protect your bedding and those sleeping in the bed for 2 years; and, is just a fraction of the cost of a bed bug treatment? It’s true…the product exists and is being embraced by some of the country’s leading pest management professionals to protect their residential client’s homes and commercial client’s guests from bed bug bites and infestations.

Such a simple proactive step can literally save you thousands of dollars, countless man-hours, protect a business’ reputation and your home or business from bed bugs. Discover how you can get started with bed bug prevention! Watch our ActiveGuard Mattress Liners infomercial by clicking here.

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