Bed Bugs Singin' 'We Love LA'
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles climbed 20 spots to fifth in the
nation in number of bed bug incidents treated by pest control
company Orkin last year.
The company recently released a list of the top 50 cities based on
the number of bed bug treatments it did in 2011.
The overall number of incidents climbed 33.6 percent over the
Cincinnati had the highest number of bed bug treatments, followed
by Chicago, Detroit, Denver and Los Angeles.
The perennial hotspot New York City dropped two places to
The San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area was 12th, San Diego, 26th,
and Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, 41st.
"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. "Several of the top 50
cities have large, busy airports, and there could be a correlation
between increased travel and bed bug activity.
The rankings could also reflect an overall rise in population or
greater public awareness of bed bugs and how to identify them,
Orkin advised travelers to remember the acronym S.L.E.E.P. to avoid
bringing bed bugs home from a trip:
--Survey bed surfaces for small, 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;
--Elevate luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and
--Examine luggage carefully while re-packing and when you return
home, always remembering to keep luggage off the bed and store it
in a closet or other area, far away from your bedroom; and
--Place all clothing from luggage immediately in the dryer for at
least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from a