Zach Dennis Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Looking to avoid bed bugs? It may be best to stay clear of certain Florida cities.
Orkin released a ranking of the top 50 cities with the biggest bed bug problems, and Tampa (31), Orlando/Daytona Beach/Melbourne (38), and Miami/Fort Lauderdale (43) made the list. This was Orlando’s first time back on the list since 2011.
The top five worst offenders were Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York City and Columbus, Ohio.
According to the news release, Orkin compiled the list by ranking the cities by the number of bed bug treatments that the company has serviced throughout 2015, both residential and commercial.
“Bed bugs are the great hitchhiker of the bug world, and they are very difficult to control without professional help,” Orkin Entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D., said in a release. “Bed bugs can travel in luggage and other personal belongings to enter your home. They don’t just hide in beds – they can be found in furniture, bed posts, rugs and even electrical outlets.”
Orkin advises you to survey your hotel room for signs of infestation, lift and look in hiding spots for bed bugs, elevate luggage on a rack, examine luggage before or after a trip, and place all dryer-safe clothing in a dryer at the hottest temperature advised following a trip to avoid bed bugs.