If you are reading this blog, you may not be surprised to hear that our nation’s capital has a significant bed bug problem and the bad news is that it may be getting worse. Each year one of the the country’s largest pest control companies puts out a list of the most bed bug infested cities in the country based on the numbers of call for bed bug exterminations compared to the previous year. The news wasn’t good for those of us living the the Washington D.C. area.
This year we found ourselves near the top of the list, taking the bronze for the most bed bug calls in the nation. Interestingly, this was a significant jump from the prior years, moving up 11 spots from the prior year. Washington D.C. is not alone in the fight against bed bugs, as our neighbors in Richmond and Baltimore also made the top ten list earning the 9th and 10th place rankings.
Why D.C.? There are a few factors that likely contribute to the areas bed bug problem. First, international travel is one of the reasons commonly cited for the spread of bed bugs, which with D.C.’s multitude of international travelers would make sense that we might see higher calls for bed bug treatments in this area. Additionally, bed bugs are notorious for spreading from one residence to another and with the high concentration of multi-family houses in the area, it can be challenging to identify and eliminate the source of bed bugs.
What does that mean for those of us living in this area? First, if you are concerned about bed bugs, it is a legitimate concern, particularly for those at risk given the factors discussed above. Second, if you are concerned about bed bugs, you are in good company and should not feel embarrassed in the slightest. Finally, there are things you can do to protect yourself, like taking precautions when you travel and monitoring your home.
We are now providing several products for travelers and those interested in bed bug monitoring and one of our team members would be happy to discuss these things with you.
Here is the list of the top 20 bed bug infested cities:
2. Los Angeles (+2)
3. Washington, D.C. (+11)
4. New York (+14)
5. Columbus, Ohio (-2)
7. Detroit (-5)
8. Cincinnati (-1)
9. Richmond-Petersburg, Va.
10. Baltimore (+21)
11. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (+6)
12. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio (-7)
13. Dallas-Ft. Worth (-7)
14. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (+2)
16 Charlotte, N.C. (+14)
17. Houston (-5)
18. Denver (-10)
19. Atlanta (+6)
20. Buffalo, N.Y. (+6)