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Baltimore, D.C. Top Orkins Bed Bugs Cities List

By zzyzzx following x   2017 Jan 4, 8:04am 1,448 views   5 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore tops this year’s list from the Orkin extermination company of cities with the most beg bug infestations.

In the six years Orkin has released the bed bug city rankings, this is the first time Baltimore has made the top five, moving up nine spots since last year. Chicago held the top ranking for four straight years.

Four other metro regions — Las Vegas, Portland, Salt Lake City and Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem — also made the list for the first time this year.

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016.

The ranking, seen below, includes both residential and commercial treatments.

Baltimore (+9)
Washington, D.C. (+1)
Chicago (-2)
New York
Columbus, Ohio
Los Angeles (-4)
Philadelphia (-3)
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (+4)
Richmond-Petersburg, Va. (-2)
Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (-1)
Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio (-1)
Indianapolis (+1)
Dallas-Ft. Worth (-2)
Atlanta (+3)
Buffalo, N.Y. (+2)
Charlotte, N.C. (-3)
Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va. (+10)
Knoxville, Tenn. (+3)
Denver (-4)
Nashville, Tenn. (-1)
Pittsburgh (+5)
Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.-Asheville, N.C. (-4)
Phoenix (-3)
Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (+5)
Boston (-3)
Milwaukee (-3)
Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill. (+12)
Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (+3)
Dayton, Ohio (-4)
Omaha, Neb. (+3)
Seattle-Tacoma (-6)
Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (-4)
Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (-1)
St. Louis (+3)
Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa (+3)
Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C. (+11)
Syracuse, N.Y. (+6)
Louisville, Ky. (-2)
Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C.
Lexington, Ky. (-10)
Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla. (-6)
Kansas City, Mo. (-1)
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (-3)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Honolulu, Hawaii
Las Vegas
Portland, Ore.

“We have more people affected by bed bugs in the United States now than ever before,” says Orkin Entomologist and Director of Technical Services Ron Harrison, Ph.D., adding that bed bugs are a growing issue. “They were virtually unheard of in the U.S. 10 years ago,” he says.

“Anyone can get bed bugs in their home. They are not a sign of uncleanliness. Bed bugs only need blood to survive. We have treated for bed bugs in everything from million dollar homes to public housing.”

Bed bugs can be difficult to detect and treat because of their small size and ability to survive up to a year without feeding. They are about the size of an apple seed when fully grown, and can hide around seams of a mattress, behind headboards and in cracks and crevices, usually within a five-foot radius of the bed. The first signs of a bed bug infestation are often the bed bugs themselves or small dark stains bed bugs can leave behind.

“People may have bed bugs and not know it, because many people have no physical reaction to bed bug bites,” Harrison says. “That’s why it’s important for people everywhere to inspect for bed bugs regularly.”

#housing #bedbugs #insects #infestations #orkin #baltimore #dc

1   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2017 Jan 4, 8:17am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

It's really odd when Baltimore City gets in the news and it isn't crime related!


2   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2017 Jan 4, 8:19am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

No surprise, there are a lot of parasites in DC.

3   Ceffer   ignore (1)   2017 Jan 4, 10:19am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Parasites who play together lay together.

4   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2018 Jan 8, 10:57am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Baltimore #1 for a second year!

For the second straight year, the U.S. port city ranked No. 1 on a Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list compiled by pest control services company Orkin.

The list, released Monday, is based on the most residential and commercial treatments for the seed-sized bloodsuckers from December 2016 to November 2017, and reflects a rising number of infestations across the U.S., according to Tim Husen, an Orkin entomologist.

Washington, 40 miles from Baltimore, was ranked second on Orkin’s list, followed by Chicago, Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio. The Baltimore City Health Department doesn’t have any bed bug mitigation programs, according to its website, which gives tips on identifying and controlling the ancient critters.

Bed bugs have been a nocturnal pest for at least four millennia. Although numbers were dramatically reduced after World War II, the parasites have made a comeback thanks to increased global travel, regulatory restrictions on insecticides like DDT, and tolerance to newer, organic bed bug treatments, according to researchers at the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Among key findings, released last August, four out of five hotels surveyed had treated for bed bugs in the past year with the most recent bed bug incidents costing an average of $6,383 in lost room revenue, disposal of soft goods and pest control treatment. Almost half of hotels had been the subject of litigation because of bed bugs, with legal costs averaging $17,177 per incident.

Terminix, a pest control company owned by ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc., released in August a list of the top 20 bed bug-infested cities in America, based on service requests the firm received during the first half of 2017. Its Top 20 Bed Bug Cities list ranked Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Las Vegas, and Denver in the top five.

I also found the Terminex list:
5   Strategist   ignore (2)   2018 Jan 8, 11:02am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

zzyzzx says
No surprise, there are a lot of parasites in DC.

Fucking blood suckers.

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