Bug-Food Nation

"We've treated in 47 states, but the industry has confirmed activity in all 50," says Frank Meek, director of technical services for Orkin. "And though most locations are still hotel/motel, dormitory, multifamily situations, the number of occurrences in private residences is growing rapidly"—an increase Meek attributes, in part, to the explosion of international travel. "The bedbug is a great hitchhiker," he says, "and one inseminated female can establish a colony, since she's going to produce 200, 300 eggs in her lifetime. Plus it can survive up to 18 months without a food source. Like all insects, it's adapted to do exactly that: survive. As one of my professors used to say, 'Bet on the bug.'"
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