The bed bug is a pest that has become an ever increasing nuisance and is not going away. In addition to expanding its presence across North America, the bed bug is moving into areas where they have not traditionally been found. According to pest prevention research, bed bug invasions outside of hotels in the last year has increased 16.1%. This could refer to anywhere people frequent, such as retail store fitting rooms, movie theaters, healthcare facilities, restaurants, gym locker rooms, and even the church pew. This spread to non-traditional locations can be attributed to the increase in the bed bug population and the fact that they are excellent hitchhikers. As a result of this increased activity of the bed bug, it may be a good idea to add thorough checks of your clothing and belongings after visiting these and other communal places before returning home for a good night’s sleep.