The United States has a serious problem with bed bugs infestations. These parasites live everywhere, infesting beds, walls, books, making people burn their furniture or even evacuate their houses.
Bliss Pest Control, an extermination company from Connecticut deals with bed bugs infestations on a daily basis. The exterminators have seen walls “dripping with bedbugs” and families bitten by the nasty creatures that hide in their own beds and come out during the night to feed on their hosts.
A few years ago bedbug hysteria covered the Northwest and especially New York City as the media discovered that Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s products were coming on the market already infected with bedbugs.
Now people seem to worry less but the parasites are still there and their numbers haven’t diminished. People might just have gotten used to the frustration and the bites. Homeowners might see the eradication as a highly expensive curse, with many people burning their entire furniture and clothing.
Usually the store-bought insecticides are not effective and professional exterminators are expensive. A professional company could charge from $500 to $1,500 or more, depending on the severity and size of the affected area.
The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States spends a huge amount of resources to educate and inform the public about the dangers imposed by the bed bugs and how to eradicate them.
The little parasites are found everywhere from apartments to hotels, hospitals, churches, prisons, dormitories, schools, libraries (fans of Orange is the New Black already know they love books), buses, trains and even personal cars.
They are spread all over the States but because of the stigma associated with their presence it is impossible to estimate their numbers or to narrow down the most infected areas.
However a new survey conducted by Terminix, the biggest pest control service provider in the U.S. released a list of the 15 American cities with the most reported bed bugs infections. These cities are:
Detroit, MI; Philadelphia, PA; Cleveland-Akron, OH; Los Angeles, CA; Daytona, OH; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose, CA; Denver, CO; Toledo, OH; Oklahoma City, OK; Baltimore, MD; New York, N.Y.
Experts claim that about 30 percent of the people who approach them regarding bug infestations (including fleas, flies, beetles, pepper maggots etc.) have problems with bed bugs. According to Terminix manager of technical services Paul Curtis, the number of bed bugs infestations increased since the 1990s as a result of untreated infestations and of the increased travel.
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