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 Worst City's for BED Bug!

Six cities made double-digit jumps on the Bed Bug Cities List compared to 2014, including Washington, D.C., which jumped to third on the list. Several cities also dropped significantly in the past year, including Dayton, Ohio, Louisville, Ky. and Sacramento, Calif.

1: Chicago

2: Los Angeles (+2)

3: Washington, D.C. (+11)

4: New York (+14)

5: Columbus, Ohio (-2)

6: Philadelphia

7: Detroit (-5)

8: Cincinnati (-1)

9: Richmond-Petersburg, Va.

10: Baltimore (+21)

11: Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (+6)

12: Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio (-7)

13: Dallas-Ft. Worth (-7)

14: San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (+2)

15: Indianapolis (-4)

16: Charlotte, N.C. (+14)

17: Houston (-5)

18: Denver (-10)

19: Atlanta (+6)

20: Buffalo, N.Y. (+6)

21: Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.-Asheville, N.C. (+26)

22: Nashville, Tenn. (+1)

23: Phoenix (+9)

24: Knoxville, Tenn. (+10)

25: Boston-Manchester (+4)

26: Milwaukee (-11)

27: Dayton, Ohio (-17)

28: Seattle (-15)

29: Pittsburgh

30: Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va.

31: Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.

32: Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Crk., Mich. (-12)

33: Lexington, Ky. (-9)

34: Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (+3)

35: Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (-16)

36: Omaha, Neb. (-15)

37: San Diego (+2)

38: Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla.

39: Louisville, Ky. (-17)

40: St. Louis (+6)

41: Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa (-6)

42: Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill. (-4)

43: Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (-10)

44: Kansas City, Mo. (-3)

45: Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Calif. (-18)

46: Syracuse, N.Y. (-18)

47: Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colo. (-3)

48: Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. (-5)

49: Honolulu (-7)

50: Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C. (-5)

I Have BED BUGs, Now What!

1.  Contact a professional: The complete elimination of bed bugs requires highly trained and licensed individuals knowledgeable in bed bug biology, behavior, and the proper use of pesticides (Like Cedar Pest Control). There is little chance that you will be able to eliminate the problem on your own. Most commercially available pesticides are not designed for bed bugs and the use of these products (while they may kill some bed bugs) may only spread the bed bugs to remote areas and make the problem much more difficult to solve. While chemical remedies should only be handled by professionals, there are many non-chemical measures you can take to help eliminate the problem and speed up the results of your bed bug infestations. These techniques are discussed below.

2.  Just because you have bed bugs does not mean that you have to wait for a professional to kill them. You can simply crush them with a rag (although this may stain surfaces) or remove them with a vacuum. Regularly inspecting and vacuuming your mattress and box spring is a very effective way to reduce large numbers of bed bugs quickly. However, it is important to note that bed bugs can readily infest vacuums. To reduce the likelihood of the vacuum becoming infested you should choose a vacuum that empties into a vacuum bag instead of a filter. A vacuum bag can  easily be disposed of while a filter is difficult to completely empty and eggs can easily lodge in places that you cannot see. Also, avoid using vacuum attachments that have brushes or bristles. Instead use the open end of the hose. Vacuuming up a little bit of talcum/baby powder before you start vacuuming and just after you finish may also help reduce the survival rate of some of the bugs that are vacuumed up. As soon as you are done vacuuming, the vacuum bag should be tied shut in a trash bag and discarded outside of the home. You should also inspect the housing of the vacuum where the bag attaches to the hose as some bugs may escape the vacuum bag. If you have a bagless vacuum, the contents of the canister should be emptied into a trash bag and tied shut. The canister should then be washed to remove any remaining bed bugs or eggs. If you are concerned about the vacuum becoming infested then you should not follow this recommendation.  Make sure to have the professional treat your vacuum when they show up to treat.

3.  Eliminate clutter:  Clutter is a bed bug's best friend and a pest management professional's worst enemy. Clutter provides an infinite number of areas for bed bugs to hide and creates areas that cannot be effectively treated by your pest management professional. These areas are a safe haven for bed bugs. Cluttered areas can cause the complete failure of a bed bug control program. If cluttered conditions persist, your pest management professional may only be able to reduce the number of bed bugs and never completely eliminate the problem. Do your best to eliminate clutter.  

  Example of clutter in a room, unlimited areas for bugs to hide and lay eggs

 Do not store items under bed Related to #3, items stored under the bed give bed bugs additional undisturbed areas to hide protected from any treatments.

4.  Do not change where you sleep Some people believe that they can avoid bed bugs by sleeping in a different area of their home. Once people identify that their bed is infested they will often begin sleeping in a different bedroom or on the sofa. Bed bugs have evolved over millions of years to be very adapt at locating potential hosts to feed on. If you move to a different area of the home to sleep  the bed bugs will find you. Changing where you sleep is likely to promote the movement of bugs throughout the structure and make it  difficult to eliminate the infestation. Even if you move out of your home, you risk bringing bed bugs with you to your temporary residence and infesting that area as well. Not only can you spread the bed bugs, but when you return home the bugs will be waiting to greet you. Remember bed bugs can survive many months and in some cases up to a year or more without feeding. Although it sounds like a grim choice  it is best to continue sleeping in the infested area until the bed bugs are eliminated.  Bed bugs will travel up to 60 feet in a night  to feed.

5.  Do not immediately throw away items. Using Cedar Pest Control will save you money on treating these items.   For many people, the immediate reaction to a bed bug infestation is to throw the infested items away. This is unnecessary and could possibly make the problem worse. As items are carried throughout the home to be discarded, bed bugs can fall off of the item and be spread throughout the home to uninfested areas. Also, you are eliminating the a place of refuge for these bed bugs and disturbing them. This may cause the bed bugs to move to  other places to live and spread the problem. In addition, discarded items are often picked up by other people (maybe even your neighbor), spreading the problem to new areas. In some circumstances when the item is in poor condition or is highly infested, discarding the item is the best option. However this is best left to a professional so that the item can be discarded properly without spreading the problem or treated right by Cedar Pest Control. 

 Mattress with nest, live bugs and eggs 



Dead Bed bugs after a little Cedar Oil