Baltimore is Still the #1 Bedbug City
Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at 5:32 pm.
When Atlanta-based exterminating company Orkin published their list of US cities with the most bedbugs, the last thing anyone from Baltimore wanted was to be the #1 city two years in a row. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened. Why is Baltimore home to the most bedbug treatments in the US? What about Baltimore makes it so popular for bedbugs looking to settle down?
Armor Pest Control in Baltimore is here to discover why Baltimore is so popular for bedbugs. We have excellent customer service and have years of experience removing bedbugs from your home efficiently and effectively. For a free estimate on your bedbug treatment, give the experts at Armor Pest Control a call today at 410-788-8014.
What are bedbugs?
Bedbugs, or cimex lectularius, are small insects that feed on human blood. They are considered one of the world’s major pests and infect the beds of millions of homes around the world. Some of the most prominent symptoms of having bed bugs include skin rashes, blisters, and allergic reactions. Oftentimes, these bedbug bites can become infected if the victim scratches them too much or does not take care in cleaning and sanitizing the wounds.
Bedbugs use a combination of thermal location, moisture, and carbon dioxide levels to locate an appropriate host. Bedbugs tend to only feed on humans and are known to carry human pathogens; however, more research is needed to confirm whether bedbugs actually have the ability to transfer diseases between humans.
Where are the bedbugs?
Bedbugs are almost exclusively found in beds, as they feed only when their human host is asleep. Bedbugs have also been reported to live in office buildings, hospitals, and on public transportation. Bedbugs are resilient and can live in everything from baseboards, upholstery, electrical switchplates, and car seats.
If you are looking to do a bedbug inspection, make sure to check the seams of your mattress. Oftentimes, bedbugs will hide in this area. The nasty pests are also known to live in clothing and any fabric that they have access to from the bed, ie. sheets, pillows, and comforters.
Why Are Bedbugs in Baltimore?
Being that nearby Washington also ranks extremely high for bedbugs, there must be something about the humid Chesapeake Bay region that attracts these pests. While bedbug infestations are still on the rise across all of the US, Baltimore seems like an exceptional example because it has jumped from #14 to #1 in just one year. Some point to the more strict reporting system that the property maintenance inspectors working for the City of Baltimore use. While it may seem like an anomaly, it is important to acknowledge that bedbugs are on the rise in the United States.
While the health impacts of bedbugs can be straining, the financial impact of removing them can be especially difficult. That’s why Armor Pest Control is offering free estimates on your pest control needs. From rodent control to your bedbug infestation, Armor Pest Control has more than 21 years of experience eradicating pests in residential and commercial settings. For more information about Armor Pest Control or if you are interested in getting a free estimate, call us today at 410-788-8014.
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