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Baltimore ranked #10 on annual list of Top 50 bed bug cities

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BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Baltimore has been ranked #10 on Orkin's annual list of the country's top 50 bed bug cities, climbing 21 spots in just one year.

It was one of six cities to make a double-digit jump. Washington DC climbed 11 spaces, to the #3 spot on the list, which ranks cities by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin serviced in 2015, including residential and commercial treatments.

"Bed bugs are the great hitchhiker of the bug world, and they are very difficult to control without professional help," said Orkin Entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. "Bed bugs can travel in luggage and other personal belongings to enter your home," Harrison said, adding, "They don't just hide in beds - they can be found in furniture, bed posts, rugs and even electrical outlets."

Chicago topped the list for the fourth year in a row:

  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)

To help prevent bed bugs Orkin recommends; inspecting your home for signs of bed bugs regularly, including furniture, mattress seams and bed sheets, as well as behind baseboards, electrical outlets and picture frames; Decreasing clutter; Inspecting and quarantining all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside your home; Drying potentially infested bed linens, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.

While traveling Orkin recommends taking the following precautions; Look for red or brown spots on sheets; Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring, sheets and furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper; Elevate luggage on a rack away from the bed and wall; Examine your luggage while repacking and once you return home from a trip; Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting after you return home.

According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel. The NPMA says 99.6% of pest professionals it surveyed treated for bed bugs in 2015.

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