Buffalo finds place on ‘bedbug cities’ list
blog by S.J. Velasquez • January 16, 2013 @ 10:24am
Bedbug treatments by exterminators are on the rise across the country, and Buffalo is no exception.
According to a news release from Rollins, Orkin’s parent company, Buffalo ranks 28th on the bedbug cities list. The list of 50 cities was compiled by Rollins and is based on the number of bedbug treatments by the pest control company in each city.
Compared to 2011, the number of bedbug treatments performed by Rollins increased by 33 percent nationwide in 2012. The following cities are the top 10 on the list compiled by Rollins:
3. Los Angeles
6. Columbus, Ohio
7. Washington, D.C.
9. Dallas/Ft. Worth
10. New York
“This list shows that bed bugs continue to be a problem throughout the U.S.,” said Orkin entomologist and technical services director Ron Harrison. “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. We need to be vigilant wherever we are and take the proper precautions.”
The list of 50 cities also indicates whether a city has moved up or down on the list. Buffalo moved up one spot on the list from last year, which isn’t so drastic of a change compared to other cities such as Indianapolis and Knoxville, both which moved up 10 or more spots in the ranking.
“Education and prevention are key,” said Dr. Harrison. “Inspect your bedroom regularly, and be cautious when traveling. Adult bed bugs resemble apple seeds in size and color, while newly-hatched babies can be about the size of a pinhead and pale in color. Check mattress seams, sheets and furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames.”