Bed Bug Risks and How to Avoid Them

FOXCharlotte.com
Monday, June 25, 2012

Bed bugs were a huge problem years ago and have become a problem again. The hotel and travel industry have been hit the hardest because bed bugs are commonly found in areas with many guests like hotels, universities or hospitals. People who travel a lot are at a higher risk of having a bed bug problem.

Bed bugs are most active at night and bite any exposed skin. The bites are painless but if the bites are scratched it can cause infections. Bed bug bites are commonly mistaken for flea or mosquito bites or other rashes. Studies are currently being conducted to determine if bed bugs carry any disease.

Treatment for bed bugs can be a very involved process from bed bug detection to treatment to removal. Bed bugs live in any articles of furniture, clothing, or bedding. They can spread to multiple rooms within a home of even multiple dwellings in a building. Moving does not solve the problem because bed bugs can be found in suitcases or boxes. They may have an odor and commonly leave dark spots on bed sheets or around their hiding places.

Bed bugs are more common than most people realize. And as more people travel throughout the US and abroad, bed bugs are traveling with them.

Just recently Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc., released a list of cities ranked in order by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January - April 2011.

If you're arriving home from one of these cities, contact a local exterminator like Killingsworth for bed bug detection to make sure you don't carry bed bugs into your home.

  1. Cincinnati
  2. Chicago
  3. Columbus, Ohio
  4. Denver
  5. Detroit
  6. Washington, D.C.
  7. New York
  8. Dayton, Ohio
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Baltimore
  11. Lexington, Ky.
  12. Cleveland/Akron/Canton, Ohio
  13. Las Vegas
  14. Richmond/Petersburg, Va.
  15. Hartford/New Haven, Conn.
  16. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
  17. Buffalo, N.Y.
  18. Houston
  19. Los Angeles
  20. Boston/Manchester, N.H.
  21. Omaha, Neb.
  22. Indianapolis
  23. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y.
  24. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa
  25. Pittsburgh
  26. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C.
  27. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Mich.
  28. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Calif.
  29. Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
  30. Phoenix/Prescott, Ariz.
  31. New Orleans
  32. Des Moines/Ames, Iowa
  33. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb.
  34. Seattle/Tacoma, Wash.
  35. Milwaukee
  36. Charleston/Huntington, W.Va.
  37. Charlotte, N.C.
  38. Louisville, Ky.
  39. San Diego
  40. Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport News, Va.
  41. Sioux City, Iowa
  42. Tulsa, Okla.
  43. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  44. Austin, Texas
  45. Ft. Wayne, Ind.
  46. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo.
  47. Syracuse, N.Y.
  48. Atlanta
  49. Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.
  50. Salt Lake City, Utah