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Cincinnati still ranks as a top bed bug city

What's bugging Cincinnati?  According to a new report by pest control Orkin, it is bed bugs. (CDC) What's bugging Cincinnati?  According to a new report by pest control Orkin, it is bed bugs. (CDC)

What's bugging Cincinnati?  According to a new report by pest control Orkin, it is bed bugs.

Over the past six years Orkin has released the bed bug city rankings.  This year Cincinnati came out eighth of fifty.

According to the study, the worst city for bed bugs is Baltimore.  It marks the first time the city has made the top five, moving up nine spots since last year. Four metro regions -- Las Vegas, Portland, Salt Lake City and Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem -- made the list for the first time this year.

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2015 – November 3  2016 and includes both residential and commercial treatments.

1. Baltimore (+9)

26. Phoenix (-3)

2. Washington, D.C. (+1)

27. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (+5)

3. Chicago (-2)

28. Boston (-3)

4. New York

29. Milwaukee (-3)

5. Columbus, Ohio

30. Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill. (+12)

6. Los Angeles (-4)

31. Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (+3)

7. Detroit

32. Dayton, Ohio (-4)

8. Cincinnati

33. Omaha, Neb. (+3)

9. Philadelphia (-3)

34. Seattle-Tacoma (-6)

10. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (+4)

35. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (-4)

11. Richmond-Petersburg, Va. (-2)

36. Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (-1)

12. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (-1)

37. St. Louis (+3)

13. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio (-1)

38. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa (+3)

14. Indianapolis (+1)

39. Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C. (+11)

15. Dallas-Ft. Worth (-2)

40. Syracuse, N.Y. (+6)

16. Atlanta (+3)

41. Louisville, Ky. (-2)

17. Houston

42. Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C.

18. Buffalo, N.Y. (+2)

43. Lexington, Ky. (-10)

19. Charlotte, N.C. (-3)

44. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla. (-6)

20. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va. (+10)

45. Kansas City, Mo. (-1)

21. Knoxville, Tenn. (+3)

46. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (-3)

22. Denver (-4)

47. Salt Lake City, Utah

23. Nashville, Tenn. (-1)

48. Honolulu, Hawaii

24. Pittsburgh (+5)

49. Las Vegas

25. Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.-Asheville, N.C. (-4)

50. Portland, Ore.

While the 50 metro areas listed above required the most treatments for bed bugs in 2016, Orkin has treated for bed bugs in all 50 states and around the world. To help detect and prevent bed bugs, Orkin recommends homeowners and travelers do the following:

At Home:

  • Inspect your home for signs of bed bugs regularly. Check locations where bed bugs hide during the day, including mattress seams and behind baseboards, headboards, electrical outlets and picture frames. "I like to inspect every week when I change the sheets to make sure I don't have a visitor," Harrison says.
  • Decrease clutter around your home to make bed bug inspections and detection much easier.
  • Inspect all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside your home.
  • Dry potentially infested bed linens, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.

During travel, remember the acronym S.L.E.E.P to inspect for bed bugs:

  • Survey the hotel room for signs of an infestation. Look for black or brown spots on any furniture.
  • Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring, bedskirt and other furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.
  • Elevate luggage away from the bed and wall. The safest place is in the bathroom.
  • Examine your luggage while repacking and once you return home from a trip.
  • Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting after you return home.

Bed bugs can quickly become a major problem, as they can spread from room to room if undetected and allowed to multiply. Anyone who suspects a bed bug infestation should contact a pest management professional immediately.

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