by Sarah Wynn
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Here’s a scary sentence: Orkin released their top 50 ‘Bed Bug Cities’ list and Columbus ranks number five.
Joining Columbus, Cincinnati ranks behind at No.6.
Additionally, Cleveland / Akron-Canton ranks at No. 14, and Dayton ranks at No. 34.
The pest-control company says the list is based on treatment data where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2016, to November 30, 2017. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.
For the second year in a row, Baltimore tops the list. The following cities round out the top 10:
- Washington, D.C.
- Los Angeles (+2)
- Columbus, Ohio
- Cincinnati (+2)
- New York (-4)
- San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
- Dallas-Fort Worth (+5)
“The number of bed bug infestations in the United States is still rising,” says Dr. Tim Husen, an Orkin entomologist. “They continue to invade our homes and businesses on a regular basis because they are not seasonal pests, and only need blood to survive,” he says.
“Any type of home is prone to bud begs. It has nothing to do with sanitation. We have treated for bed bugs everywhere, from newly built upscale homes to public housing,” Husen says.
While traveling, Orkin suggests the following S.L.E.E.P acronym to inspect for bed bugs:
Survey the hotel room for signs of an infestation. Be on the lookout for tiny, ink-colored stains on mattress seams, in soft furniture and behind headboards.
Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring, and other furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.
Elevate luggage away from the bed and wall. The safest places are in the bathroom or on counters.
Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and once you return home from a trip. Always store luggage away from the bed.
Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting after you return home.