"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.'"