Sit Tight and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite in Uber & Lyft

Ride-hailing trips are not good for the environment and may be putting bite into you itching and scratching.

Bed bugs spreads very quickly in beds and in cars. An exterminator in Dallas Texas, Don Brooks, at Doffdon Pest Control treats five to ten cars a week for bed bugs. Often the treatments are just because the drivers are worried but it can be when they see bugs. Bed bugs can travel in baggage and on peopel.

“By the time you start seeing them, you’ve got a bigger problem than you had any idea,” says Brooks. He suggests putting clothes in dryer on high heat for fifty minutes for riders who think they may have been bitten or rode in an infested vehicle.

There are two methods to kill the nasty bugs, either the a tent in heat or spray.

Washington, D.C. is ringing in the new decade as the number one city on Orkin’s Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list. Meanwhile, Baltimore fell to the second spot after three years as the frontrunner, and Indianapolis joined the top of the list.

Flint saw the biggest jump moving 16 spots to number 31 after only joining the list in 2018. Pittsburgh and Champaign both broke into the top 20, and Myrtle Beach and Toledo joined the top 50 list for the first time.

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2018 – November 30, 2019. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

  1. Washington, D.C. (+1)
  2. Baltimore (-1)
  3. Chicago
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Columbus, OH
  6. New York
  7. Detroit (+1)
  8. Cincinnati (-1)
  9. Indianapolis (+5)
  10. Atlanta (-1)
  11. Cleveland, OH
  12. Philadelphia (-2)
  13. San Francisco (-1)
  14. Raleigh, NC (-1)
  15. Norfolk (+2)
  16. Champaign, IL (+7)
  17. Dallas (-2)
  18. Grand Rapids (+2)
  19. Pittsburgh (+6)
  20. Charlotte (-1)
  21. Richmond, VA (-5)
  22. Greenville, SC (-4)
  23. Knoxville, TN (-1)
  24. Buffalo, NY (-3)
  25. Greensboro, NC (-4)
  26. Charleston, WV (+5)
  27. Denver
  28. St. Louis (+2)
  29. Nashville (-5)
  30. Lansing (+2)
  31. Flint (+16)
  32. Miami (-3)
  33. Milwaukee (-3)
  34. Tampa (+1)
  35. Omaha (+2)
  36. Orlando (+5)
  37. Davenport, IA (+5)
  38. Houston (-12)
  39. Syracuse (-6)
  40. Boston (-2)
  41. Cedar Rapids, IA (+3)
  42. Myrtle Beach (new to list)
  43. Seattle (-4)
  44. San Diego (+5)
  45. Phoenix (-11)
  46. Fort Wayne, IN (+2)
  47. Las Vegas (-7)
  48. Hartford, CT (-5)
  49. Dayton, OH (-3)
  50. Toledo, OH (new to list)

“While bed bugs have not been found to transmit any diseases to humans, they can be an elusive threat to households,” said Chelle Hartzer, an Orkin entomologist. “They are excellent hitchhikers, and they reproduce quickly which make it nearly impossible to  prevent bed bugs. Sanitation has nothing to do with where you’ll find them.”

Bed bugs, which are typically 4-5 mm in length and red to dark brown in color, can travel from place to place with ease, including luggage, purses and other belongings. Normally nocturnal, bed bugs will come out of hiding to take blood meals from sleeping or quietly resting humans.

To make identification easier, Terminix is shared a few signs that might indicate a bed bug presence, including:

  • Reddish-brown blood spots on your sheets or mattress
  • Small blood smears on sheets
  • A strong, musty odor
  • The bed bugs themselves

Full-grown bed bugs are about the size, shape and color of an apple seed, but travelers should also look for newly hatched nymphs, which are cream-colored and the size of letters on a penny, and small translucent eggs, which may be found in the tucks and folds of sheets.

According to the 2018 “Bugs without Borders Survey” by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), the top three places where pest professionals report finding bed bugs are single-family homes (91 percent), apartments/condominiums (89 percent) and hotels/motels (68 percent). With that, hotels spend an average of $6,383 per bed bug incident¹.

Bed bugs are known for rapid population growth. Females can deposit one to five eggs a day and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in their lifetime. Under normal room temperatures and with an adequate food supply, they can live for more than 300 days, often making treatment challenging.

“The key to preventing a bed bug infestation is early detection,” Hartzer said. “When one or more bed bugs enter a space, we call it an introduction. During an introduction, bed bugs probably haven’t started reproducing yet, but they could soon. Vigilance is key to stopping bed bugs before infestation levels.”

Tell-tale signs of a bed bug introduction could include small black spots indicating bed bug feces or nymph bed bugs in places such as mattress seams, bed frames and furniture. Their small size and ability to hide make them difficult to see during the day, so it’s important to look for the black, ink-like stains they can leave behind.

 

 

 

 

 

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