The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) hasn’t always been considered a public health threat, and surprisingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency, and the US Department of Agriculture only recently joined efforts to redefine the term “public health pests” to include bed bugs. Just like mosquitoes and ticks,
The fact that bed bugs are among the top five most common pests in every US state should not come as a surprise to anyone. Given the commonality of bed bug infestations today, it is hard to believe that the pests were nowhere to be found in the country for nearly half of a century.