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20 Cities Under Attack

By on January 20, 2013

Bedbugs are on the rise again…just in time for cold and flu season. Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on bedbugsblood and they can hide in used furniture, used clothes — any crevice or weave of  cloth — be aware.

Dr. Joseph Leija, who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count for Loyola  University Health System near Chicago has worked with  many patients complaining of itching from bed bugs.

“A family came in covered in bedbug bites from infested ‘free’ furniture they  found in an abandoned apartment,” Leija said in a statement. “The couple had  only taken the wooden headboards and baseboards of the beds — not the  mattresses because they knew that would be unsanitary — as well as a table and  chairs. The bugs were found in the tiny crevices.”

If bedbugs are detected spray insecticide and vacuum bedding and furniture  thoroughly and throw the vacuum cleaner bag outside in the trash after each  sweeping.

If a person is bitten by a bedbug,  the area should be washed carefully with soap and water, drying thoroughly. Apply anti-itch cream, such as  calamine lotion, to prevent irritation and limit scratching. If the bite area becomes warm to the touch, swells or hurts, go to the doctor  for prescription medication.

There are some parts of the country that seem to have a worse bed bug problem than others. The Orkin pest control company has just released its rankings of U.S. cities in order of the number of bedbug treatments from January to December 2012. Here are  20 U.S. cities, ranked in order of the number of bedbug treatments.

  1.     Chicago
  2.     Detroit
  3.     Los Angeles
  4.     Denver
  5.     Cincinnati
  6.     Columbus, Ohio
  7.     Washington, D.C.
  8.     Cleveland/Akron/Canton
  9.     Dallas/Ft. Worth
  10.     New York
  11.     Dayton, Ohio
  12.     Richmond/Petersburg, Va.
  13.     Seattle/Tacoma
  14.     San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
  15.     Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C.
  16.     Indianapolis
  17.     Omaha, Neb.
  18.     Houston
  19.     Milwaukee
  20.     Baltimore

“This list shows that bedbugs continue to be a problem throughout the U.S.,” Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director said. “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.”

If bed bugs are a problem for you get informed. Here are the facts.

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