Bed Bug Problem Growing In Atlanta
Friday, March 16, 2012
Bed bugs are becoming more of a problem in Atlanta, according to
the latest figures from a company in the business of getting rid of
Orkin said Atlanta now ranks 21st among the top 50 cities where it
is seeing the problem the most. That's up from No. 45 two years
The Atlanta-based pest control company based its findings on the
number of bed bug treatments it performed from January to December
Overall, the company saw a 33.6 percent increase in bed bug
business between 2010 and 2011.
The Top 2 bed bug cities for treatment for the second year in a row
were Cincinnati and Chicago, respectively. Rounding out the Top 10
were Detroit, Denver, Los Angeles, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas/Fort
Worth, New York and Richmond/Petersburg, Va., respectively.
Ron Harrison, an Orkin entomologist, says big cities that have busy
airports could be seeing more of a problem because of increased
"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,"
Harrison said the bugs tend to settle where people sleep but are
nocturnal. When they bite, the bugs leave itchy welts and sometimes
red marks and swelling. The bugs also aren't picky when it comes to
hotel accommodations. Both 5-star and 1-star locations can have
He advises spring break travelers to look for signs of bed bugs,
such as tiny rust-colored spots on bed sheets. Look underneath
mattresses, put luggage on racks away from the bed and keep luggage
off the bed, and put clothing in the dryer for at least 15 minutes
on the highest setting after returning home.