Chicago ranks No. 1 for bed bugs

Chicago may be known as the Second City. But when it comes to bed bugs, we’re No. 1

Here is the story from UPI:

A U.S. pest control company says Chicago led the nation in reports of  bed bugs in 2012, followed by Detroit, Los Angeles, Denver and Cincinnati.

In a news release, Orkin said its parent company, Rollins — which operates  eight pest control brands in the United States — increased its bed bug business  in 2012 by almost 33 percent over 2011.

Columbus, Ohio; Washington; Cleveland/Akron/Canton; Dallas/Ft. Worth; and New  York complete the Top 10 on the list of U.S. cities troubled by bed bugs,  parasites that feed on human blood.

Ron Harrison, an entomologist and technical services director for Orkin, said  people need to be “vigilant wherever we are and take the proper precautions”  against bed bugs.

“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,” Harrison said.

Orkin said bed bugs can be found in kitchens and bathrooms as well as  bedrooms, and are also found in hospitals, movie theaters, planes and physical  fitness facilities.

They can carry more than 30 human pathogens, but evidence does not indicate  they can transmit diseases, Orkin said, citing the Journal of the American  Medical Association.

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