How bad do YOU itch? Top 50 Cities For Bed Bugs

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Bed bug business up 33.6 percent




ATLANTA, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), today announced its top 50 bed bug cities for 2011, and several of them are popular spring break destinations. Last year, Orkin's parent company, Rollins, which operates seven pest control brands, saw a 33.6 percent increase in bed bug business compared to 2010. The following cities are ranked in order of the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2011 along with their shift, if any, in ranking compared to January to December 2010.
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1. Cincinnati
26. San Diego (+13)
2. Chicago
27. Seattle/Tacoma, Wash. (-3)
3. Detroit (+1)
28. Omaha, Neb. (-11)
4. Denver (+2)
29. Buffalo, N.Y. (-16)
5. Los Angeles (+20)
30. Pittsburgh (-3)
6. Columbus, Ohio (-3)
31. Indianapolis (-12)
7. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (+43)
32. Milwaukee (+6)
8. Washington, D.C. (-3)
33. Charlotte, N.C. (+13)
9. New York (-2)
34. Phoenix (+19)
10. Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+6)
35. Louisville, Ky. (-3)
11. Houston (-1)
36. Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-16)
12. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Calif. (+35)
37. Grand Junction/Montrose, Colo. (+30)
13. Cleveland/Akron/Canton, Ohio (+1)
38. Knoxville, Tenn. (+4)
14. Boston (+4)
39. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Mich. (-17)
15. Dayton, Ohio (-7)
40. Nashville, Tenn. (+15)
16. Las Vegas (-1)
41. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+24)
17. Honolulu (+55)
42. Des Moines/Ames, Iowa (-13)
18. Baltimore (-6)
43. Salisbury, Md. (+46)
19. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+9)
44. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-23)
20. Philadelphia (-9)
45. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (-22)
21. Atlanta (+24)
46. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (-20)
22. Lexington, Ky. (-13)
47. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (-17)
23. Syracuse, N.Y. (+25)
48. Salt Lake City (-8)
24. Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (+27)
49. Charleston/Huntington, W.Va. (-13)
25. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (+19)
50. West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce, Fla. (+6)


Los Angeles moved from 25th to 5th, San Francisco moved from 47th to 12th and Honolulu was not in the top 50 list at 72nd in 2010, but now ranks 17th. Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla. also jumped in the rankings from 51st to 24th along with West Palm Beach, Fla., which was not in the top 50 in 2010. New Orleans, La. ranked 31st in 2010 and is no longer in the top 50. Also no longer in the top 50 are Sioux City, Iowa; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.; Austin, Texas; Norfolk, Va.; Champaign, Ill.; Springfield, Ill.; and Tulsa, Okla.
"The changes in some cities' rankings show bed bugs continue to be a problem in most areas of the U.S.," said Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. "Several of the top 50 cities have large, busy airports, and there could be a correlation between increased travel and bed bug activity. The changes could also be because the bed bug population is increasing overall, or even because the public is becoming more aware of bed bugs and has become better adept at identifying them."
Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to preventing a larger infestation. And since infestations can be difficult to control, Orkin advises vacationers to take the proper precautions before enjoying spring break activities to avoid contact with and spreading the blood-suckers.
"Bed bugs can be found in other places than the bedroom," warns Dr. Harrison. "They're great hitchhikers and tend to settle where people sleep, particularly in hotel rooms, but they can also crawl into personal belongings and make their way into planes, gyms, offices, stores and worse, your home."
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, bed bugs can carry more than 30 different human pathogens, but there is no evidence that bed bugs can transmit diseases. Their bites can; however, leave itchy welts on their victims. Red marks or swelling may also develop.
"One thing that's not a factor is sanitation," said Dr. Harrison. "Be sure to do some investigating when you arrive at your hotel, whether it's a one-star or a five-star property. Bed bugs are nocturnal and resemble apple seeds in size and color, so check mattress seams, sheets and furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames for small reddish-brown spots and lightly-colored molted bed bug skins."
When traveling, think of the acronym S.L.E.E.P. to remember the following action steps to help avoid bringing bed bugs home with you:

  • Survey surfaces for signs of an infestation, such as tiny rust-colored spots on bed sheets, mattress tags and seams and bed skirts.
  • Lift and look for all bed bug hiding spots, including underneath the mattress, bed frame, headboard and furniture. Typically, they come out at night to feed, but during the day, they are most likely found within a five-foot radius of the bed.
  • Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, since bed bugs can often hide behind head boards, artwork, picture frames and electrical outlet panels.
  • Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and when you return home. Always keep luggage off the bed and store it in a closet or other area, far away from your bedroom.
  • Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from travel.
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Madness

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Yeah,

Columbus can thank the ghetto trash and African immigrants for the horrible bed bug problem.
 

OccupyWackbag

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I grew up in #25 Pueblo Colorado. I never even knew bed bugs really existed back then. I though it was just some bullshit parents put their kids to bed with. I grew up in Pueblo West though which was nothing up upper middle class Whites and Hispanics. The oldest house there was probably built in 85
 

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I checked into two different hotels in downtown Atlanta back in '09 and both times they had bed bugs. What amazed me was the fact that each time it wasn't like it was only one or two dead bed bugs. There were at least 50 of them and they were still alive and moving. How the fuck the maid didn't report it to the front desk and tell them is beyond me. I chose to check out before even getting my luggage up to the room. Fuck Atlanta.
 
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Helped my buddy clean out a mobile home that the people got evicted from. As soon as I got home everything I wore I warshed in hot water... still skeving...
 

CousinDave

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Helped my buddy clean out a mobile home that the people got evicted from. As soon as I got home everything I wore I warshed in hot water... still skeving...

If it were me, I would throw a couple of bug bombs in before cleaning the place out.
 

mills

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Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from travel.
Fixed:
Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the garbage and go buy new shit unless you want to wear it at half its original size.
 
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If it were me, I would throw a couple of bug bombs in before cleaning the place out.
Well not my decision... most of the good stuff was gone... but did pick up a snow blower for our neighbor and some wheel ramps.

The owner was in county jail (for an extended period)... note the shed on the property was full of copper so I am guessing that is why he was in the pokey.

One weird thing in one of the closets was a huge pile of striped cigarette filters... and a gagillion pints of Orlaff (?) everywhere.