Bed Bug Infestations Rise Over 20% Nationwide

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The annual list of top bed bug cities for 2013 was released by Orkin last week.  Results show that bed bugs continue to be a problem for the United States, as evidenced by the more than 20 percent increase in bed bug business, compared to 2012.

Over the last 10 years, bed bug infestations have grown to epidemic levels throughout the United States. This rapid growth has outpaced public and private efforts to accurately and effectively treat and educate society about this challenging pest. Without proper education and strategic, integrated pest elimination versus management methods, this epidemic will only continue to grow.

We encourage all consumers to look for service providers who offer: accurate and validated education on elimination options, not treatment management or control; reasonable written guarantees, documented best practices to prevent future infestations, along with post-treatment follow-up to ensure elimination success.

All public and private facilities need to incorporate a pre and post bed bug elimination plan to protect against the spread of these pests. This plan should serve to help educate, prevent and eliminate bed bugs in every application where bed bug infestations are growing (i.e. rental housing, hotels, cruise ships, movie theaters, libraries, schools, assisted living facilities, hospitals etc.)

Bed Bugs and Beyond Consulting has taken a true proactive/elimination approach to protecting businesses, facilities and guests against the rising bed bug epidemic with its custom-tailored Beyond Bed Bug Certification.

Our custom program is created to achieve the prevention and/or elimination outcome that business owners and victims have desired since the reintroduction of bed bugs in the United States in early 2004.

Beyond Bed Bug Certification addresses the specific industry challenges/concerns for businesses, while providing them with proactive best practices and custom policy runs books, to promote their business or facility as certified “Beyond Bed Bugs”.

Beyond Bed Bug Training and Certification includes:  bed bug consulting, employer/employee/resident education and training, best practices, custom policy run book, post treatment prevention and elimination information.

For more information on dealing with bed bugs, or to sign up for our Beyond Bed Bug Certification program, contact Bed Bugs and Beyond at 888-410-1333 or visit our website:

Top 50 Cities for Bed Bugs

The list released ranks the cities by the number of bed bug treatments performed from January to December 2013, along with any shift in ranking compared to January to December 2012.

1. Chicago

2. Los Angeles (+1)

3. Columbus, Ohio (+3)

4. Detroit (-2)

5. Cincinnati

6. Cleveland/Akron/Canton (+2)

7. Dayton (+4)

8. Washington D.C. (-1)

9. Denver (-5)

10. Indianapolis (+6)

11. Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+1)

12. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+3)

13. Dallas/Ft. Worth (-4)

14. Syracuse, N.Y. (+7)

15. Atlanta (+14)

16. Houston (+2)

17. New York (-7)

18. Seattle/Tacoma (-5)

19. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (-5)

20. Boston (+2)

21. Milwaukee (-2)

22. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (+3)

23. Nashville (+17)

24. Pittsburgh (+12)

25. Charlotte (+18)

26. San Diego (+6)

27. Baltimore (-7)

28. Phoenix (+7)

29. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (+4)

30. Charleston/Huntington, W. Va. (+1)

31. Knoxville, Tenn. (-4)

32. Louisville, Ky. (-2)

33. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich. (+5)

34. Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-8)

35. Champaign/Springfield, Ill. (+13)

36. Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C. (+11)

37. Omaha, Neb. (-20)

38. Buffalo, N.Y. (-10)

39. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (+2)

40. Lexington, Ky. (-16)

41. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+4)

42. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (-19)

43. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-1)

44. Minneapolis/St. Paul (-10)

45. Honolulu (-8)

46. Toledo, Ohio

47. Peoria/Bloomington, Ill.

48. Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.

49. New Orleans

50. Kansas City

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