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Denver one of worst cities for bed bugs

Jan 23, 2024, 10:03 AM

SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 30: Dead bed bugs lay on a paper towel April 30, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Cases of bed bug infestations are on the rise across the U.S. with many people bringing them into their homes after visiting hotels and airports. Bed bugs feed off of human blood. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Denver, CO – Bed bugs.  Just those two words can cause even the most sane person to start to feel itchy.  The thought of having bed bugs or staying somewhere that had them can be terrifying.  Orkin pest control recently did a survey and found out that Denver, CO has some of the most bed bug cases.  

Top 15 Cities for Bed Bugs:

  1. Chicago, Illinois
  2. New York, New York
  3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  4. Cleveland-Akron, Ohio
  5. Los Angeles, California
  6. Detroit, Michigan
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Indianapolis, Indiana
  9. Charlotte, North Carolina
  10. Champaign, Illinois
  11. Columbus, Ohio
  12. Cincinnati, Ohio
  13. Atlanta, Georgia
  14. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  15. Denver, Colorado

Here is the ewww factor, bed bugs are hematophagous, which means they only feed off of blood.  

Even if your home is clear of bed bugs, many people get bit while traveling.  Orkin has a system to check your hotel or rental beds using the acronym S.L.E.E.P:

  • Survey the hotel room for signs of an infestation like ink-colored stains on mattress seams, in soft furniture and behind headboards
  • Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring, furniture, behind baseboards, pictures, torn wallpaper
  • Elevate your luggage away from the bed and wall and move it to the bathroom or counters
  • Examine your luggage while repacking and after you’re home. Store luggage away from the bed.
  • Place clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 30-45 minutes at the highest setting after you’re home

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