Bed bugs are everywhere. It appears that these parasites are no longer content with taking over New York City because they have found their way into homes, schools, hotels, and businesses across the nation. Recently, a Terminix study named the 15 most popular U.S. cities for bed bugs by compiling and analyzing call volume concerning the parasites to their 350 U.S. service centers. See if your city made the top 10:
- New York City
- Columbus, Ohio
- Dayton, Ohio
- Washington, D.C.
- Los Angeles
While outbreaks in more heavily trafficked areas like New York, Philadelphia, Washington,and Los Angeles aren’t wildly unbelievable, infestations in cities like Dayton and Louisville are a little more surprising. However, a joint statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) attributes the current rise in bed bug infestations to the following three human behaviors:
- Lack of awareness of the historical and biological link between humans and bed bugs
- Increased international travel
- Over-reliance on pesticides
To keep your home and family safe from bed bugs, the CDC and EPA suggest using an integrated pest management (IPM) approach. This approach relies on “a combination of common-sense practices” and is effective and environmentally sound, according to the joint statement. IPM programs include a variety of prevention methods including removing clutter where bed bugs can hide, applying heat treatments, vacuuming, sealing cracks to remove hiding places, using non-chemical pesticides, and responsible use of chemical pesticides.
Whether you are looking to add a vacuum, allergy bedding, or a steam cleaner, we can help you implement an IPM approach to your household. In fact, cleaning with steam is not only safe for use on your mattresses, sofas, and other upholstered surfaces, it also effectively kills bed bugs without the use of chemicals. These devices, like the Vapamore MR-100 transform ordinary tap water into a hot steam vapor that is capable of stopping bed bugs dead in their tracks on a variety of hard and upholstered surfaces.
For more information about bed bug infestations, warning signs, and symptoms, check out our previous blog, Are You Sharing Your Bed with Bedbugs?
If you are interested in learning more about the Terminix study, check out the full article.