A 2016 Rutgers University study examined 2,372 apartments in northern New Jersey and found about 12 percent of the rooms had bedbug infestations. The study found that half of the residents with bedbugs were completely unaware of them and that women were more likely to report bites. The study focused on 43 buildings in low-income communities in Bayonne, Hackensack, Irvington, and Paterson.
While those in the study often didn’t know they had bedbugs, the methods for finding them were fairly simple. 75 percent of infestations were discovered with short visual inspections taking 10 minutes or less. The researchers estimated that professional bedbug checks would cost about $12 per apartment.