COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the second year in a row, Columbus ranks in at No. 5 on Orkin's 'Top 50 Bed Bug Cities' list.
And that's not the only Ohio city to make the list. In fact, Cincinnati comes in at No. 7, Cleveland-Akron at No. 11, Dayton at No. 45, and Youngstown rounds out the list at No. 50.
The report, which was released Monday, is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2017, to November 30, 2018. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.
“Bed bugs are the number one urban pest in many cities today,” said Chelle Hartzer, an Orkin entomologist. “They are master hitchhikers, so no one is immune. Sanitation has nothing to do with prevention: from public transit to five-star resorts, bed bugs have been and can be found everywhere humans are.”
Baltimore comes it at No. 1 for the third year in a row. Here's Orkin's top 10:
While traveling, Orkin suggests the following S.L.E.E.P acronym to inspect for bed bugs:
Survey the hotel room for signs of an infestation. Be on the lookout for tiny, ink-colored stains on mattress seams, in soft furniture and behind headboards.
Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring, and other furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.
Elevate luggage away from the bed and wall. The safest places are in the bathroom or on counters.
Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and once you return home from a trip. Always store luggage away from the bed.
Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting after you return home.