Arthropod pest infestations occur within all types of structures in all locations, except maybe for weather stations in Antarctica. A recent study saw researchers survey the arthropod population within a variety of homes located in both affluent and impoverished neighborhoods, and all homes surveyed contained a variety of arthropod species. Not only did every room in each home contain a sizable arthropod presence, but homes that were particularly clean and large in size saw the greatest diversity of arthropod species. While all homes contain a great diversity of arthropod species, pest control professionals claim that some homes are more apt than others to see repeat arthropod infestations.

The rate of arthropod infestations is greater in apartment buildings than in single family homes, and treating infestations within apartment buildings is far more challenging than treating homes. This is because apartment buildings provide more food and water sources for arthropod pests, and if resources in one apartment unit become scarce, arthropod pests can simply move into an adjacent unit. This is especially true when it comes to bed bug infestations, as these tiny insects can easily travel between many units through wall outlets, light fixtures and other access points. In addition to bed bugs, many pest control professionals agree that the German cockroach is the most frequent insect pest within apartment buildings, and one of the most difficult to control. Successfully eradicating a pest infestation within an apartment building requires the cooperation of all tenants and staff, which cannot always be counted on.

One pest control professional who had worked in the industry for 13 years stated that homes built before 1950 become infested with arthropod pests more often than newer homes. This is because these homes were built before the enactment of building regulations that require houses to be constructed with certain architectural features that make it harder for arthropods to gain access indoors. Unsurprisingly, homes located near unpopulated landscapes where arthropods are naturally abundant see a high rate of infestations, and this is especially the case with homes located near wooded areas and parks.

Was your house built before 1950, and is it located near a wilderness area where arthropods are naturally abundant?