Pest control company names Indianapolis as one of top places for bed bugs

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On Tuesday, pest control leader Orkin announced their annual list of the top 50 bed bug cities for 2012 in the United States.

One of the list’s biggest jumps was Indianapolis, who moved up 15 spots from last year. The list puts Indy in the number 16 spot nationwide.

“This list shows that bed bugs continue to be a problem throughout the U.S.,” said Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. “Based on the diversity of cities on the list, we all need to be very cautios when we travel – whether it is business or pleasure, or to visit family, friends or vacation. We need to be vigilant wherever we are and take the proper precautions.”

Bed bugs can be easily transmitted in public spaces such as hospitals, movie theatres, planes, gyms and hotels. According to Orkin’s parent company, Rollins, there was a 32 percent increase in bed bug business last year.

Orkin has three tips to help protect yourself: 

1. Know the facts. It’s important to know what to look for with bedbugs. According to Dr. Harrison, “Adult bed bugs resemble apple seeds in size and color, while newly-­‐hatched babies can be about the size of a pinhead and pale in color. Check mattress seams, sheets and furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames.”

2. Prevention, prevention, prevention. Once bed bugs are in your home, exterminating them can be an expensive, timely, and complicated process. Using preventative products, like a treated mattress pad, is an easy way to keep your home and family safe.

3. Be smart about travel. New research from the University of Minnesota suggests that bed bugs are attracted to dirty clothes, so carry an airtight bag in your luggage and seal your dirty clothes in it as you travel. Check out the city or hotel where you will be traveling on sites like the Bed Bug Registry (@bedbugregistry on Twitter; they also have an iPhone app)

12 comments

  • ClanSmokeJaguar

    Oh PLEASE!

    Having fought bed bugs in one of my rental properties and educating myself on them, this article is poorly put together.

    1) Know the facts. If you get an infestation, pull out the big guns immediately and pull a bed bug jihad on their little azzes. Do NOT attempt to treat them with over-the-counter chemicals and remedies. All you will do is make the bugs flee to another untreated room.

    Go to a professional pest control company and buy three bed-bug related chemicals. You will need the powder, the powdered aerosal spray, and the liquid. The liquid is to be sprayed on all vertical surfaces. The powder goes underneath the carpet in every room but only alongside the walls. The aerosal is to be used under all horizontal surfaces AND in recessed areas including socket covers, light switch covers, drawer openings, etc.

    Once you launch your jihad, wait several days, and repeat! Your first jihad will only kill the live ones whereas the second will nuke the previously unhatched but now hatched eggs.

    A 3rd time may be warranted.

    Do not fall for Orkin's $1000/treatment scams! If you MUST go professional contact Circle City Pest control to do the job.

    2) Prevention. A chemically treat mattress won't do squat. The key to prevention is to keep them from getting into your home. If you go to ANY hotel or motel, check your room for bed bugs. Pull the mattress up and check under it. Look behind the head board. Look under the furniture include desks near the bed. Look behind the pictures on the wall. If possible and available, keep your belongins in the bathtub.

    If you have children who go to sleep overs, inspect their stuff when they come back or immediately wash and dry them. If you have children come over for sleepovers, inspect their belongings.

  • Guest2

    ClanSmoke, your info is much better than the news story, however, the bathtub does not protect your stuff. I recently moved into a place that has bedbugs. Didn't know it until after all my stuff was moved in. I have found several live bedbugs in my bathtub. Lots of research has said that they crawl across the ceilings and drop down on you as well. It is a war zone at my place.

    • ClanSmokeJaguar

      I suppose that's possible but from what I read and observed, it's impossible for bedbugs to climb up smooth surfaces hence the reason for putting stuff in the bathtubs.

      Good luck on getting rid of these things bro! Whatever you do, don't wait any longer to get rid of them.

  • Michael Clark

    Ecolab Pest Elimination is the best company for prevention and elimination. Orkin notices the increase because they can’t effectively get rid of them. 4 months of Orkins work resulted in an unresolved problem. Ecolab had the room successfully exterminated in 1 week.

  • Linda

    The best fastest, most economical way to get rid of bed bugs, Frontline your pet, put your pets in the bed, remove yourself from the equation, and in about 7 to 10 days you'll be bug free, don't even caulk or spray a thing. I fought them and did experiments on them. and I won. My home is bug free. Plus I will never worry about getting them again, because they really are easy to get rid of. now that I figured it out.

  • Linda

    I would collect the bugs and put them in plastic bags from which I hung from my lamp, I would use different sprays and alcohol, Melaleuca (tee tree oil) , spick and span, Raid for bed bugs, nothing really worked , until I noticed my puppy scratching and a blood born bug hitting the bed, I grabbed it up put it in a bag, marked time date, and condition found in, and 6 hours later that bug was …a little scab looking dead bug! So for a while, I would keep doing these experiments, and they ones that had bit the dogs, would die, If I got bit, they, would have babies daily, they aren't eggs, they do not hatch, they are larvae. They have a baby a day for 7 to 10 days, if fed. Those babies live a long time without eating.

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  • Luke

    I was wondering how Indianapolis citizens are dealing with such dangerous creatures. I hate bed bugs because of blood sucking issue and we need to sort out possible ways to get rid of bed bugs invasion perfectly. Thanks.

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  • Luke Taylor

    Bed bugs are very annoying. Indianapolis citizens must have been going through a lot of complication of sleeping. Bed bugs sucks blood and for that reason I scare such pest. Thanks.

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