It’s that time of year again. Nope, not resolution time. And we don’t mean Valentine’s Day prep. We’re talking bed-bug rankings.
Orkin has just released its "2013 Bed Bug Cities" list. And the No. 1 most bed-buggy city is: Chicago. Rounding out the top five is Los Angeles; Columbus, Ohio; Detriot; and Cincinnati.
In the South, two major cities had the biggest jumps from 2012 to 2013: Nashville moved up 17 spots, and Charlotte 18 spots. Of the five new cities on the list, three are in the Midwest: Toledo, Ohio; Peoria, Ill.; and Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill. New Orleans and Kansas City are also new entries.
And unfortunately, the problem is not dissipating: Rollins' — Orkin's parent company — saw a more than 20% increase in bed-bug business compared with 2012.
Orkin’s ranking is created by the number of bed-bug treatments the company performed from January to December 2013. It also includes shifts in ranking compared with January to December 2012. Here's the 2013 list:
Los Angeles (+1)
Columbus, Ohio (+3)
Washington D.C. (-1)
Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+1)
Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+3)
Dallas/Ft. Worth (-4)
Syracuse, N.Y. (+7)
New York (-7)
San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (-5)
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (+3)
San Diego (+6)
Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (+4)
Charleston/Huntington, W. Va. (+1)
Knoxville, Tenn. (-4)
Louisville, Ky. (-2)
Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich. (+5)
Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-8)
Champaign/Springfield, Ill. (+13)
Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C. (+11)
Omaha, Neb. (-20)
Buffalo, N.Y. (-10)
Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (+2)
Lexington, Ky. (-16)
Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+4)
Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (-19)
Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-1)
Minneapolis/St. Paul (-10)
Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.
Remember there are moves you can make to help prevent a bed-bug problem in your home:
Minimize clutter, which will help with inspections and detection.
Dry potentially infested bed linens, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.
Inspect second-hand furniture before bringing it in.
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