ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Bed bug infestations are on the rise nationwide, and New Mexico is no exception.
Pest control companies say they're getting more and more calls to get rid of the pesky insects in homes across the state.
"We're doing right around three to four calls per week in the bed-bug area," said Marty Deford of A-OK Pest Control.
That is just one company. Deford said since the late 1990's bed bugs have been making a comeback, but over the last 18 months the infestations have exploded nationwide
He said some of the contributing factors are that people are traveling more and picking up the hitchhikers on their clothes or luggage. Another possibility is that the chemicals used in pesticides these days are weaker due to safety concerns.
In most cases it's not until people are attacked, ending up with tiny bites and bumps, that they even know there's a problem.
"The bed bug actually likes to hide out in dark areas," Deford said.
That makes them hard to find, but even harder than finding them is tracking them, because there is no agency in New Mexico that monitors how many infestations are reported in the state.
"Right now it's strictly up to the pest-control companies that come out and handle the problem," Deford said.
So people have turned to the Web creating sites like bedbugregistry.com where you can report a bed-bug problem. Right now posters have listed five Albuquerque hotels.
If the bugs make their way into your home, Deford says don't even bother trying to take them on. Instead call in a professional.
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