Chicago Replaces Cincinnati As Orkin's Number One Bed Bug City
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
ATLANTA (PRNewswire via COMTEX) - Pest control leader Orkin
today announced its top 50 bed bug cities for 2012. Last year,
Orkin's parent company, Rollins, which operates eight pest control
brands nationwide, saw a nearly 33 percent increase in bed bug
business compared to 2011. The following cities are ranked in order
of the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to
December 2012 along with their shift, if any, in ranking compared
to January to December 2011.
- Chicago (+1)
- Detroit (+1)
- Los Angeles (+2)
- Cincinnati (-4)
- Columbus, Ohio
- Washington, D.C. (+1)
- Cleveland/Akron/Canton (+5)
- Dallas/Ft. Worth (-2)
- New York (-1)
- Dayton, Ohio (+4)
- Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (-2)
- Seattle/Tacoma (+14)
- San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (-2)
- Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+4)
- Indianapolis (+15)
- Omaha, Neb. (+11)
- Houston (-7)
- Milwaukee (+13)
- Baltimore (-2)
- Syracuse, N.Y. (+2)
- Boston (-8)
- Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (+2)
- Lexington, Ky. (-2)
- Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (-1)
- Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (+10)
- Knoxville, Tenn. (+11)
- Buffalo, N.Y. (+1)
- Atlanta (-8)
- Louisville, Ky. (+5)
- Charleston/Huntington, W. Va. (+18)
- San Diego, Calif. (-6)
- Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (+12)
- Minneapolis/St. Paul (+12)
- Phoenix (-1)
- Pittsburgh (-6)
- Honolulu (-19)
- Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich. (+1)
- Grand Junction/Montrose, Colo. (-1)
- Nashville, Tenn.
- Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (+7)
- Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (+2)
- Charlotte (-10)
- Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.
- Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (-4)
- Las Vegas (-30)
- Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C.
- Champaign/Springfield, Ill.
- Portland, Or.
- Sioux City, Iowa
Seattle/Tacoma jumped 14 spots in 2012. Other cities making
significant jumps include Indianapolis, Omaha, Milwaukee,
Hartford/New Haven, Knoxville, Charleston/Huntington, Cedar
Rapids/Waterloo and Minneapolis. Atlanta, Honolulu, Charlotte and
Las Vegas all dropped significantly. The Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.
area was not on Orkin's top 50 bed bug cities list last year, and
neither were Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville,
Champaign/Springfield, Portland or Sioux City. Philadelphia; Des
Moines/Ames, Iowa; Salisbury, Md.; Salt Lake City and West Palm
Beach/Fort Pierce, Fla. were on the 2011 list, but are no longer in
the 2012 top 50 bed bug cities.
"This list shows that bed bugs continue to be a problem throughout
the U.S.," said Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director
Ron Harrison, Ph.D. "Based on the diversity of cities on the list,
we all need to be very cautious when we travel--whether it is
business or pleasure, or to visit family, friends or vacation. We
need to be vigilant wherever we are and take the proper
Sanitation is not a factor when it comes to the development of the
tiny bloodsuckers. Other common misconceptions are that they can
only be found in bedrooms, when, in fact, in your home they can be
found in kitchens and bathrooms. Not only are residential homes a
potential risk, but they can be found in hospitals, movie theaters,
planes and gyms. People may believe bed bugs transmit diseases, but
according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, bed
bugs can carry more than 30 different human pathogens, but there is
no evidence that bed bugs can transmit diseases.
New research from the University of Minnesota has also suggested
bed bugs are attracted to dirty clothes, so keep them in a sealed
bag or container when you travel.
Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to
preventing a larger infestation. And since infestations can be
difficult to control, Orkin advises vigilance.
"Education and prevention are key," said Dr. Harrison. "Inspect
your bedroom regularly, and be cautious when traveling. Adult bed
bugs resemble apple seeds in size and color, while newly-hatched
babies can be about the size of a pinhead and pale in color. Check
mattress seams, sheets and furniture, behind baseboards, electrical
outlet plates and picture frames."
Finally, while you may want to take on a bed bug infestation
yourself, it is a complicated process and not recommended for
do-it-yourselfers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
and the National Pest Management Association advise you hire a pest
control company that has a great deal of experience treating bed
bug infestations to treat your home for a bed bug problem.