Bed Bugs Sink Their Teeth Into Connecticut: Study

Two of Connecticut’s biggest metro areas made the top 50 list for most frequent bed bug extermination calls.

When it comes to bed bugs the news isn’t overly good for the Hartford-New Haven metro area in Connecticut, according to a new study from Orkin. The good news is, Connecticut is nowhere near the top 10 for the worst city/region in the U.S. for bed bugs, according to a study from Orkin.

But the bad news is that the pest control company bumped the Hartford-New Haven metro area up three spots from last year to No. 31 on its 2016 “Top 50” list of cities where it performed the most commercial and residential bed bug treatments. In 2015, the Hartford-New Haven area was No. 34 on the same list.

Earlier in 2016, a possible missing person call to a Gillett Street apartment resulted in an uncomfortable situation for a Hartford police officer who was exposed to bedbugs and lice, police said at the time. Bedbugs were found in a school in New Haven this past year and at an apartment complex in Meriden.

If you’re curious as to which cities across the U.S. made the dubious top 10 list here they are from No. 1 to No. 10: Baltimore, Washington, D.C, Chicago, which had been No. 1 for the past few years, New York, Columbus, Ohio, Los Angeles, Detroit, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Bed bugs can hitch a ride onto people from mattresses, luggage and furniture. You can pick them up anywhere – even posh hotels – and bring them into your house, where eradication can be time-consuming and costly.

“Anyone can get bed bugs in their home,” Orkin Entomologist and Director of Technical Services Ron Harrison, PhD, said in a statement. “We have treated for bed bugs in everything from million dollar homes to public housing.”

The tiny bugs – the size of an apple seed when fully grown – can often go unnoticed. The first signs of bed bug infestation are often small dark stains on bedding.

“People may have bed bugs and not know it, because many people have no physical reaction to bed bug bites,” Harrison said. “That’s why it’s important for people everywhere to inspect for bed bugs regularly.”

To avoid an infestation, Orkin advises travelers to survey hotel rooms by checking mattresses, box springs, bed skirts, baseboards, behind pictures and even in torn wallpaper for the round, flat, reddish-brown insects. While you’re checking, elevate your luggage away from the wall and the bed, the company advises, adding the safest spot is the bathroom.

When you return home, before you take your luggage inside, give it a good once-over to make sure it hasn’t picked up any hitchhiking bugs, and place all dryer-safe clothing in the dryer for at least 15 minutes.

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