Chicago the Worst City for Bed Bugs
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Chicago has moved to the top spot of a list no city wants to be
a part of: the most treatments for bed bug infestations.
Pest control company Orkin said Tuesday it did more business in
Chicago than any other city last year. Chicago had been second on
the list in 2011 behind Cincinnati.
Overall, Orkin's parent company Rollins, which runs eight pest
control brands, said it saw its bed bug business jump by 33 percent
last year compared with the year before.
Chicago in 2012 was ranked just ahead of Detroit, Los Angeles and
Denver in terms of exterminations by Orkin. Perhaps surprisingly,
the nation's largest city, New York, only ranked 10th on the
Cleanliness is not a factor in bed bug infestations, but the
creatures are drawn to clutter. They can hide in a number of places
in a home, including mattress seams, picture frames and electrical
outlets. About the size of an apple seed when fully grown and fed,
they can be tricky to spot.
Signs of an infestation include rust-colored stains on sheets or
other surfaces on or around a bed and a sweet musty odor, according
to the CDC. The bugs tend to spread quickly because they inject an
anesthetic when they bite, which prevents a person from realizing
that they've been bitten.