For the third straight year, Columbus is among top worst cities for bed bugs, according to pest control company Orkin in its 2018 “Top 50 Bed Bug Cities” list released today.
Columbus topped the list at No. 5, the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area came in at No. 14 and Dayton ranked No. 34.
For the second year in a row, Baltimore was the worst city, ranking No. 1 in the top 50 Bed Bug Cities list.
New Orleans and Flint, Mich. joined the list for the first time, according to the report. Orlando has fallen off the list despite public lawsuits from hotel guests, according to Orkin.
The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2016 – November 30, 2017. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.
“The number of bed bug infestations in the United States is still rising, said Dr. Tim Husen, an Orkin entomologist. “They continue to invade our homes and businesses on a regular basis because they are not seasonal pests and only need blood to survive.”
“Any type of home is prone to bed bugs. It has nothing to do with sanitation. We have treated for bed bugs everywhere, from newly built upscale homes to public housing,” Husen said.
To help detect bed bugs, Orkin recommends the following:
- Inspect your home for signs of bed bugs regularly. Check the places where bed bugs hide during the day, including mattress tags and seams, and behind baseboards, headboards, electrical outlets and picture frames.
- Decrease clutter around your home to make it easier to spot bed bugs
- Inspect all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside your home
- Dry potentially infested bed linens, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric