Bed Bug Risks and How to Avoid Them
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
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.
- Columbus, Ohio
- Washington, D.C.
- New York
- Dayton, Ohio
- Lexington, Ky.
- Cleveland/Akron/Canton, Ohio
- Las Vegas
- Richmond/Petersburg, Va.
- Hartford/New Haven, Conn.
- Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
- Buffalo, N.Y.
- Los Angeles
- Boston/Manchester, N.H.
- Omaha, Neb.
- Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y.
- Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa
- Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C.
- Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Mich.
- San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Calif.
- Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
- Phoenix/Prescott, Ariz.
- New Orleans
- Des Moines/Ames, Iowa
- Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb.
- Seattle/Tacoma, Wash.
- Charleston/Huntington, W.Va.
- Charlotte, N.C.
- Louisville, Ky.
- San Diego
- Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport News, Va.
- Sioux City, Iowa
- Tulsa, Okla.
- Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
- Austin, Texas
- Ft. Wayne, Ind.
- Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo.
- Syracuse, N.Y.
- Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.
- Salt Lake City, Utah