This more or less “standard regional bed bug article” (in this case on the spread of bed bugs to Salt Lake City) implies that many locals still believe that avoiding overseas missionary travel, or hosting “punks, drunks, and missionaries” in your home, will keep bed bugs at bay. Not so.
While it’s true that overseas missionary travel and certain kinds of urban lifestyles may be good ways to pick up bed bugs, most Salt Lake City folks are probably getting them in more mundane ways: visits to hotels and motels in the good ol’ U.S.A., purchases of new furniture and mattresses (delivered in same truck used to cart old ones are carried away), and how most Bedbuggers in apartments probably get their bed bugs: from a neighbor.
The article primarily focuses on several tenants in a multi-unit building, and seeks to put the blame on the tenants’s actions. Let’s consider, instead, that this is a problem for all of us. No one in Utah is immune, regardless of who their visiting friends and relatives are.
In the pre-World War II era, “everyone” had bed bugs. Not everyone all the time, but everyone encountered them at some time, somewhere. And everyone took great lengths to avoid them. And thought of the possibility of them while riding in trains or buses, or staying in hotels.
Those times are nigh upon us again, I am afraid.