The Good News: No Fla. City in Top 25 for Bedbugs
WASHINGTON – A bedbug infestation in a home can be an owner’s worst nightmare. These tiny bugs, 4-5 mm in length with red to dark brown colors, can easily travel from place to place, hitching rides on luggage and purses and ultimately take up residence inside a home.
Even with a warm and seemingly hospitable climate, however, Florida metros don’t place in the latest infestation-call report released by Orkin, a national pest control company.
Washington, D.C., topped Orkin’s list this year, while Baltimore fell to second place after three years in the No. 1 spot. Orkin’s list is based on treatment data from Dec. 1, 2018, to Nov. 30, 2019. The rankings reflect both residential and commercial treatments.
- Washington, D.C. (+1 on this year’s list compared to last year)
- Baltimore (–1)
- Los Angeles
- Columbus, Ohio
- New York
- Detroit (+1)
- Cincinnati (–1)
- Indianapolis (+5)
- Atlanta (–1)
- Philadelphia (–2)
- San Francisco (–1)
- Raleigh, N.C. (–1)
- Norfolk (+2)
- Champaign, IL (+7)
- Dallas (–2)
- Grand Rapids (+2)
- Pittsburgh (+6)
- Charlotte (–1)
- Richmond, Va. (–5)
- Greenville, S.C. (–4)
- Knoxville, Tenn. (–1)
- Buffalo, N.Y. (–3)
- Greensboro, N.C. (–4)
“The key to preventing a bedbug infestation is early detection,” says Chelle Hartzer, an Orkin entomologist. “When one or more bedbugs enter a space, we call it an introduction. During an introduction, bedbugs probably haven’t started reproducing yet – but they could soon. Vigilance is key to stopping bedbugs before infestation levels.”
The top three places that pest professionals most often find bedbugs: single-family homes, apartments and condos, and hotels and motels.
One sign of a bedbug infestation, according to Orkin: Small black, ink-like stains left behind on a bed.
Bedbug avoidance tips
- Check the places where bedbugs hide during the day, including mattress tags and seams, and behind baseboards, headboards, electrical outlets and picture frames.
- Decrease clutter around the home so it’s easier to spot bedbugs.
- Inspect a residence regularly – when moving in, after a trip, when a service worker visits, or after guests stay overnight.
- Examine all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside. (Orkin says it’s a common way for bedbugs to be introduced into homes.)
- Wash and dry bed linens often, using the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.
© 2020 Florida Realtors®