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Do You Know Cincinnati’s Bed Bug Ranking?

filed under: Informational posted on January 27th, 2015

Bed BugsExcerpts from articles appearing in BizJournal and PR Newswire

Good news Cincinnati is cleaning up its act when it comes to bed bugs.

Cincinnati’s bed bug ranking is improving.  The Queen City dropped to No. 7 on the annual list of worst cities for bed bugs, ranked by the number of bed bug treatments performed by pest control company Orkin. It was No. 5 in 2014.  Chicago remained at the top of the list, followed by Detroit, Columbus, Los Angeles and Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio. Dayton improved by three spots to No. 10 on the list, while Indianapolis improved one spot to No. 11, Louisville moved up the list 10 spots (in a bad way) to No. 22, and Lexington followed that trend, moving 16 spots upward to No. 24.

Bed bugs are in every region of the country, and Orkin has treated for them in all 50 states. Revenue from bed bug treatment for its parent company, Rollins, crawled up 18 percent in 2014.  While Cincinnati might not be in the nation’s top five any longer, the bed bug problem is growing nationwide (cancel that sigh of relief). Americans spent $446 million to get rid of bed bugs in 2013, according to the latest data available, compared to $70 million in 2004.

Here are some precautions to help prevent bed bugs in your home:

• Inspect your home for signs of bed bugs regularly. Check where the bugs could hide during the day, including in  furniture, mattress seams, bed sheets, baseboards, electrical outlets and picture frames.
• Decrease clutter to make inspection and detection of bed bugs easier.
• Inspect and quarantine secondhand furniture before bringing it into your home.
• Dry potentially infested items on the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.

During travel, remember the acronym S.L.E.E.P. to inspect for bed bugs:

  • Survey the hotel room for signs of an infestation. Look for red or brown spots on sheets.
  • Lift and Look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring, sheets and furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.
  • Elevate luggage on a rack away from the bed and wall. The safest places are in the bathroom or on counters.
  • Examine your luggage while repacking and once you return home from a trip.
  • Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting when you return home.

When you travel, look for red or brown spots on the sheets, look in possible hiding spots, elevate your luggage on a rack away from the bed and wall, examine your luggage when you repack, and place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting when you return home.

While bed bugs aren’t known to spread human disease, they can leave itchy, bloody welts on skin and they are active year-round. If you detect bed bugs in your home, you should contact a professional to create a solution tailored to your needs.

To see the full list of cities on the bed bug list, click here.

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