Top 10 Cities For Bed Bugs

Nov 09

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Over the past ten years the rise in bed bug infestations in the United States has grown exponentially. There is no one reason that these pesky, creepy and disgusting bugs are moving into our homes across the country at an unprecedented pace.

Some believe that when the pesticide DDT was banned, it allowed the populations of bed bugs to rise unchecked. However if you look closely you will see that the real cause of the rising populations may be due to the habits of people and the way they live their lives.

There are more people traveling around the world on business and pleasure trips and the number one way that bed bugs get in a home is through hitchhiking in people’s luggage and clothes. And many times, individuals are unaware they have bought back bed bugs until it is too late.

There are many places that the population of bed bugs have risen at the highest levels in the United States and the results many surprise you. This top 10 list comes from Orkin, a pest control company:

An adult bed bug (Cimex lectularius) with the ...

An adult bed bug (Cimex lectularius) with the typical flattened oval shape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. Cincinnati, Ohio
  2. Chicago
  3. Detroit
  4. Denver
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Columbus, Ohio
  7. Dallas
  8. Washington, D.C.
  9. New York
  10. Richmond, Virginia

There is no region in the country that is exempt from getting bed bugs, and once they have taken up residence in your home it can be next to impossible to get rid of them. This can be a cost of thousands of dollars and the inconvenience of having to leave your home for a time while the bed bug exterminators do their work. The significant cost to get rid of them is a reason why the population of bed bugs are rising unchecked. Most of these homes might not have the money to pay for extermination and the varmints are allowed to thrive and the population continues to grow.

One of the best ways to stop this infestation is to know how to avoid picking them up in your travels. When you are traveling in the world, think of the acronym SLEEP. These are action steps that anyone can follow to avoid bringing bed bugs from your vacation spot to your home.

S – Survey all of the surfaced for tiny rust-colored spots on sheets, mattresses or any part of the bed, as these can be the subtle visual cues that there is bed bug infestation.

L – this is for lift, as you should actually lift up the mattress in your room and look under it because bed bugs often hide there, in the headboard and furniture. They are nocturnal by nature but will always be found within a five foot radius of their feeding ground, the bed.

E – Elevate all of you bags on a rack away from the bed. This will keep your luggage bed bug free and keep your home bed bug free as well. Store you luggage as far away from the bed as possible.

E – Examine all of your bags very carefully when you repack all of your things. Before you return home make sure there are no unwanted passengers coming with you.

P – Place all of your clothes you have been traveling with in the dryer immediately when you get home. Just fifteen minutes of drying on the highest setting will remove these pesky bed bugs and stop a potential infestation of your home.

So no matter where you live you can take proactive steps to stop an infestation of bed bugs in your home even if your are living in one of the top ten cities for bed bugs in the United States.

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