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Florida, known for its sunny beaches and warm climate, has unfortunately earned another distinction: being home to some of the worst bed bug infestations in the United States. In a recent report by Orkin, three Florida cities made it onto the list of the top 50 bed bug-infested metro areas. Lets delve into the details and explore the implications of this unwelcome ranking.

Orkins report is based on treatment data from metro areas where they performed the most bed bug treatments between December 1, 2022, and November 30, 2023. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments. Here are the Florida cities that found themselves among the top 50:

Here are the key signs of a bed bug infestation:

1. Bed bug bites Flat, red welts in zigzag lines, straight rows, or small clusters that may appear after bed bugs feed on human blood. The bites are irritating and can lead to bleeding and secondary infection if scratched.

2. Blood stains Small rust-colored spots on bedding and clothing caused by bed bugs feeding on blood between 5-7 days whenever a host is present.

3. Fecal spots Dark brown or black spots of digested blood that resemble felt-tipped marker stains on fabrics and raised bumps on solid surfaces.

4. Bed bug shells or molted skins Empty exoskeletons shed by bed bugs as they grow through five nymphal stages to maturity.

5. Bed bug eggs Tiny, pearl-white eggs about the size of a pinhead, often found in clusters.

6. Live bed bugs Reddish-brown, wingless adults about the size of an apple seed, or smaller translucent nymphs.

7. Sweet, musty odor An unpleasant, sweet, sickly scent produced by bed bug aggregations.

Bed bugs typically hide in mattress seams, bed frames, furniture, carpets, baseboards and bedroom clutter during the day. Finding any of these signs, especially live bed bugs or their eggs, is a clear indication of an infestation that requires professional treatment.

Here are some effective ways to prevent bed bug infestations:

Inspect Secondhand Items- Carefully inspect secondhand furniture, beds, and couches for any signs of bed bug infestation before bringing them into your home.

Use Protective Mattress Covers- Use a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs to eliminate hiding spots. The light color makes bed bugs easier to spot.

Consider using a mattress cover that has been pre-treated with pesticide to control bed bugs.

Reduce Clutter- Reduce clutter in your home to minimize hiding places for bed bugs.

Vacuum Frequently- Vacuum frequently to remove any bed bugs that may have hitchhiked into your home.

Be Vigilant When Traveling- When staying away from home, avoid putting your luggage on the bed. Use a luggage rack or keep it in the bathroom.

Inspect your hotel room for signs of bed bugs, including the bedding, mattress seams, and furniture

Upon returning home, wash and dry all your clothes on high heat.

Isolate Your Unit If you live in a multi-family home, install door sweeps on the bottom of doors to discourage bed bugs from moving into your unit.

Seal cracks and crevices around baseboards, light sockets, and other entry points to prevent bed bugs from moving through wall voids.

Use Heat Treatment- Consider purchasing a portable heating chamber to treat items that may have bed bugs.

By implementing these prevention strategies, you can significantly reduce the risk of bringing bed bugs into your home and avoid the hassle and expense of an infestation. However, if you do suspect a bed bug problem, its crucial to act quickly and seek professional help if needed[2][5].

Floridas bed bug problem is a wake-up call for residents and visitors alike. Vigilance, early detection, and professional treatment are essential to combat these persistent pests.Lets hope that efforts to eradicate bed bugs continue to improve, ensuring a good nights sleep for everyone in the Sunshine State.

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Popular Destination In New York State Is Crawling With Bed Bugs – Hudson Valley Post

Millions of New Yorkers live in this destination while millions more visit the area that has more bed bugs than most of America.

According to recent census data over 8 million people live in New York City. About 63.7 million people are predicted to visit New York City in 2024.

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AAA predicts about 44 million people will travel 50 miles or more for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. That's the second-highest prediction on record.

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Triple A's booking data also shows millions are expected to travel to New York City for the holiday weekend.

Only Orlando, Florida and Seattle, Washington are expected to get more tourists for Memorial Day Weekend, according to AAA.

If you plan on traveling to New York City this weekend, or really anytime in the near future, you should know that New York City is crawling with bed bugs.

Each year, New York City ranks in the top 3 in terms of cities with the most bed bugs.

In 2024, New York City placed second on Orkin's list of the 50 cities infested with bed bugs.

New York City wasn't the only hometown in New York State to make Orkin's list. See the full list below.

Every year the pest control gurus at Orkin put together a list of the Top 50 Bed Bug Destinations in the United States. Which areas do you travel to that you should take extra care to watch out for these blood-sucking insects? Let's countdown to the most bed-bug-riddled city in the United States.

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AAA also expects 2.8 million New Yorkers to hit the road for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, that's a new record.

Experts also warn it might take about 70 percent longer to travel on the New York State Thruway.

If you are hitting the road this weekend in New York State, these are the best and worst times to hit the road.

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New Study Shows One North Dakota City Is Crawling With Bed Bugs – US 103.3

You probably grew up with your parents telling you, "Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite."

Bed bugs were a common occurrence in America back in the early 1900s. They were then mostly eradicated with the advanced use of pesticides for a good share of the century. As more and more immigrants moved to America from third-world countries in the late 1900s and the early 20th century, we have once again seen a bed bug explosion in America.

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According toAmerican Pest, bed bugs were a problem all the way back to the days of Ancient Rome.

How does someone get bed bugs? Do they just show up in your home from the outside? No, they like places where lots of people tend to gather. Hotels, airports, movie theaters, or in high-traffic business areas. They'll often hitch a ride in purses, luggage, or even your body. YIKES!

Bed bugs are opportunistic insects that come out at night to feed on the blood of their hosts. Talk about terrifying. They are extremely small and very difficult to spot. They like to hide in mattresses or in cracks in windows, floors, or walls close to their next victim. They can survive several months without a meal, which makes them even more difficult to eradicate.

Bed bugs breed like rabbits and a female can lay thousands of eggs over the course of her lifetime.

Store-bought insecticides rarely work, which means you'll need a professional. This will turn into an expensive proposition for your family too. Depending on the size of your home, you could be looking at a bill from several hundred dollars to over a thousand bucks.

Did you know there is an actual "Bed Bug Awareness Week?"

Yep, and it begins on June 2nd, 2024. Pest Gnome, in the spirit of the season, decided to come out with 2024's Worst Cities for Bed Bug Infestations.

They ranked the top 500 biggest United States cities based on three categories, number of accommodations, multi-unit residential buildings, and population density.

Only two cities in North Dakota made the Top 500 list and one of them is crawling with bed bugs ranking very high in the top 60 cities. Any guess on which city?

North Dakota's most infested bed bug city is none other than FARGO!

It came in at #59.

Bismarck also made the list but much further down in the top 500 coming in at #302.

Other notable cities in our neighboring states to make the list include:

Minneapolis, Minnesota at #24.

St. Paul, Minnesota at #43.

Bloomington, Minnesota at #112.

Rochester, Minnesota at #134.

Duluth, Minnesota at #149.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota at #168.

Plymouth, Minnesota at #184.

Woodbury, Minnesota at #194.

Even though we only had two cities in North Dakota make the top 500, don't let that fool you. Bed bugs are present in just about every North Dakota city. You have been warned.

Again, sleep tight after reading this, and don't let the bedbugs bite.

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This Texas City Is Crawling with Bed Bugs – News/Talk 790 KFYO

Bed bugs can be found in just about any city in Texas. But some cities are more prone and I guess you could say, more hospitable to bed bugs than others. And unfortunately for one major Texas city, the bed bug problem is so bad, they rank as one of the worst places for bed bugs in America.

According to a recent study done by Pest Gnome and reported on by KXAN, the city of Houston is one of the worst cities in America for bed bugs. Pest Gnome ranked the 500 largest cities in America in three categories, infestation risk, pest control, and urban density.

When Pest Gnome ran all their numbers, Houston ranked as the 3rd worst city behind New York City and Los Angeles for bed bug infestation risks. According to KXAN, Houston's average Google searches for bed bugs for the past year was 31,770. That's a lot and ranked as the third highest.

Pest Gnome says the citys ranking reflects the fact that Houston has at least 54 used furniture stores (the second highest number in the U.S.) and a high number of accommodations (Houston was found to have 881 temporary lodgings, the third highest in the U.S.).

KXAN also reported that warm, humid areas are ideal climates for bed bugs. I don't know about you, but when I think of Houston, I do think of warm and humid weather.

There were other Texas cities that made it out of the top 10 list, which is actually good in this case. Dallas came in at 11, San Antonio was 16th, Fort Worth was 37th, and Irving was 54th. All other Texas locations were outside the top 100.

Texas is one of those states that gets hot. Smoldering hot in the summer. It doesn't matter what part of Texas you are in, you will be feeling the heat. If it's hot outside, it will get 20 degrees hotter in your car.

Here are items you should never leave in your car during the hot Texas summer.

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Texas is home to 970 cities, 228 towns, and 23 villages if you can believe it. Some of them are harder to pronounce than others and even some Texans that have lived here their whole lives may be doing some of these wrong. So let's make sure you don't look like an idiot on your next road trip through our great state.

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