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Miami, Tampa & Orlando Make the List of Worst US Cities for Bed Bugs

bed-bugAnyone heading to Florida for vacation could be more likely to find themselves sharing a room with some unwelcome guests. Those unwanted guests we are referring to are “bed bugs”

According to a new study, the city of Orlando has made its way into the Top 50 Bed Bug cities in the United States for the first time.

The study collected bed bug treatment data between December 2017 and November 2018 to find which cities had the most treatments.

Orlando is now number 41, having re-entered the list. The city had fallen off the list last year, but previously appeared at number 38 in 2016, alongside Daytona Beach and Melbourne in Florida.

The Top 50 Bed Bug Cities in the United States

  1. Baltimore
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Chicago
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Columbus, Ohio
  6. New York
  7. Cincinnati
  8. Detroit
  9. Atlanta
  10. Philadelphia
  11. Cleveland-Akron
  12. San Francisco
  13. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
  14. Indianapolis
  15. Dallas
  16. Norfolk, Va.
  17. Richmond, Va.
  18. Greenville, S.C.
  19. Charlotte, N.C.
  20. Grand Rapids, Mich.
  21. Buffalo, N.Y.
  22. Knoxville, Tenn.
  23. Nashville, Tenn.
  24. Champaign, Ill.
  25. Pittsburg
  26. Houston
  27. Denver
  28. Milwaukee
  29. Miami
  30. Louis
  31. Charleston, W.Va.
  32. Lansing, Mich.
  33. Syracuse, N.Y.
  34. Phoenix
  35. Tampa, Fla.
  36. Greensboro, N.C.
  37. Omaha, Neb.
  38. Boston
  39. Seattle
  40. Las Vegas
  41. Orlando, Fla.
  42. Davenport, Ill
  43. Hartford, Conn.
  44. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  45. Dayton, Ohio
  46. Honolulu
  47. Flint, Mich.
  48. Wayne, Ind.
  49. San Diego
  50. Youngstown, Ohio

Thanks to an increase in the number of travelers, bed bugs can be carried between accommodations easier than ever. The number of infestations has no relation to the standard of the place, as even five-star hotels are susceptible to the critters.

Bed Bugs can spread across fabrics such as soft luggage, clothing and bags, as well as hide in skirting boards and carpets. Bed bugs are becoming more and more common, and we’re close to approaching epidemic levels.

A five-step plan can be followed when staying in a hotel to check if the room is infested.

It is called the S.L.E.E.P method, and it suggests:

SURVEY the room for red or brown flecks which come from blood which has been left on sheets or mattresses.

LIFT furniture and check under it. Bed bugs can hide in mattresses, skirting boards and even pictures.

ELEVATE your luggage and try and keep it on something that’s not made of material, such as a desk, to avoid bed bugs being transported home if they are present.

EXAMINE your bags before taking them home to make sure there aren’t any bugs on them.

PLACE all your clothes on a hot cycle in the washing machine when you get home for at least 15 minutes to kill any bugs.

Those travelers who find themselves in a room with bed bugs should tell hotel staff immediately and remove all belongings from the room.

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