DALLAS, TX — Bedbugs are gross and hard to get rid of. Orkin, an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection, knows just hard they can be to remove from your house. That’s why they compile the annual "Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List," which includes tips on avoiding bedbug infestations.
In the most recent list, which takes a look back at bedbug treatments in 2017, Dallas-Fort Worth was named the No. 10 city where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments. DFW rose five spots from the previous year.
"The number of bed bug infestations in the United States is still rising," says 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 [they] only need blood to survive."
According to a release from Orkin, bedbugs enter the home through luggage, clothing and other belongings. Because they travel with ease, they can quickly spread throughout apartments, hotels, hospitals and public places like daycare centers, public transit, schools and offices.
Bed bugs cannot be completely prevented so early detection is critical. To help detect bed bugs, Orkin recommends homeowners and travelers do 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 on your own or during professional inspections.Inspect all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside your home. This is a common way for bed bugs to be introduced into homes.Dry potentially infested bed linens, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.
During travel, remember the acronym S.L.E.E.P to inspect for bed bugs:
Survey the hotel room for signs of an infestation. Be on the lookout for tiny, ink-colored stains on mattress seams, in soft furniture and behind headboards.Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring, and other furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.Elevate luggage away from the bed and wall. The safest places are in the bathroom or on counters.Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and once you return home from a trip. Always store luggage away from the bed.Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting after you return home.
Top Ten Bedbug Cities:
BaltimoreWashington, D.C.ChicagoLos Angeles (+2)Columbus, OhioCincinnati (+2)DetroitNew York (-4)San Francisco-Oakland-San JoseDallas-Fort Worth (+5)
>>> See the full findings and methodology here.
File photo via Associated Press: In this March 30, 2011, file photo, a bedbug is displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)