21 Jan Here’s How Bad Bed Bug-Infestation Is In Charlotte: Report
CHARLOTTE, NC — If you felt your skin crawling, it may not just be in your mind. Orkin has released its list of "bed bug cities," and the Charlotte metro region is once again in the top 20.
The ranking is based on metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from Dec. 1, 2017, to Nov. 30, 2018. Both residential and commercial treatments are included.
Out of the top 50 urban areas ranked in Orkin’s report, Charlotte came in No. 19.
"Bed bugs are the number-one urban pest in many cities today," Orkin entomologist Chelle Hartzer said in a statement. The insects hitchhike onto people from mattresses, luggage or other items. All they need for survival is blood. (For more news like this, find your local Patch here. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app; download the free Patch Android app here.)
"Sanitation has nothing to do with prevention: from public transit to five-star resorts, bed bugs have been and can be found everywhere humans are," Hartzer said. "They are master hitchhikers, so no one is immune."
These are the top 10 bed bug cities, according to Orkin:
Baltimore Washington, D.C. Chicago Los Angeles Columbus, Ohio New York Cincinnati Detroit Atlanta Philadelphia
Normally bed bugs come out at night to feed on people as they sleep. They lay two to five eggs a day, making them truly a pest to treat.
Signs of bed bugs are bites, blood-stained bedding or flat reddish-brown insect bodies. They are the size of an apple seed, according to Orkin.
To help detect bed bugs, Orkin recommends doing the following:
Check common hiding spots for bed bugs — mattress tags and seams as well as behind baseboards, headboards, electrical outlets and picture frames. Decrease clutter to make it easier to spot bed bugs. Inspect secondhand furniture — a common way for bed bugs to be travel — before bringing into your home. Dry potentially infested bed linens, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest temperature.
The most common places where professionals find bed bugs are single-family homes, apartments/condos and hotels/motels, according to the National Pest Management Association.
Hotels spend an average of $6,383 per bed bug incident, the association reported.
While traveling, Orkin also offers tips for looking for bed bugs:
Look for tiny, ink-colored stains on mattress seams, furniture and behind headboards. Elevate luggage and keep it away from the bed, putting it in the bathroom or on counters. Dry all dryer-safe clothing on the highest setting when you get home for at least 15 minutes.
See Orkin’s top bed bug cities list.
Patch Editor Elizabeth Janney contributed
Photo courtesy of Orkin