Chicago Replaces Cincinnati As Orkin's Number One Bed Bug City
Bed bug business up more than 32 percent nationwide
ATLANTA, Jan. 15, 2013
ATLANTA, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Pest control leader Orkin today
announced its top 50 bed bug cities for 2012. Last year, Orkin's parent
company, Rollins, which operates eight pest control brands nationwide, saw a
nearly 33 percent increase in bed bug business compared to 2011. The following
cities are ranked in order of the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed
from January to December 2012 along with their shift, if any, in ranking
compared to January to December 2011.
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1. Chicago (+1) 26. Hartford/New Haven, Conn.
2. Detroit 27. Knoxville, Tenn. (+11)
3. Los Angeles (+2) 28. Buffalo, N.Y. (+1)
4. 29. Atlanta (-8)
5. Cincinnati 30. Louisville, Ky. (+5)
6. Columbus, 31. Charleston/Huntington, W. Va.
7. Washington, D.C. 32. San Diego, Calif. (-6)
8. Cleveland/Akron/Canton 33. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa
9. Dallas/Ft. Worth 34. Minneapolis/St. Paul (+12)
10. New York 35. Phoenix (-1)
11. Dayton, Ohio 36. Pittsburgh (-6)
12. Richmond/Petersburg, Va. 37. Honolulu (-19)
13. Seattle/Tacoma 38. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich.
14. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose 39. Grand Junction/Montrose,
(-2) Colo. (-1)
15. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+4) 40. Nashville, Tenn.
16. Indianapolis 41. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney,
(+15) Neb. (+7)
17. Omaha, Neb. 42. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y.
18. Houston 43. Charlotte (-10)
19. Milwaukee 44. Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.
20. Baltimore 45. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto,
(-2) Calif. (-4)
21. Syracuse, N.Y. 46. Las Vegas (-30)
22. Boston 47.
23. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. 48. Champaign/Springfield, Ill.
24. Lexington, Ky. 49. Portland, Or.
25. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale 50. Sioux City, Iowa
Seattle/Tacoma jumped 14 spots in 2012. Other cities making significant jumps
include Indianapolis, Omaha, Milwaukee, Hartford/New Haven, Knoxville,
Charleston/Huntington, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo and Minneapolis. Atlanta,
Honolulu, Charlotte and Las Vegas all dropped significantly. The Tampa/St.
Petersburg, Fla. area was not on Orkin's top 50 bed bug cities list last year,
and neither were Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, Champaign/Springfield,
Portland or Sioux City. Philadelphia; Des Moines/Ames, Iowa; Salisbury, Md.;
Salt Lake City and West Palm Beach/Fort Pierce, Fla. were on the 2011 list,
but are no longer in the 2012 top 50 bed bug cities.
"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 cautious
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
Sanitation is not a factor when it comes to the development of the tiny
bloodsuckers. Other common misconceptions are that they can only be found in
bedrooms, when, in fact, in your home they can be found in kitchens and
bathrooms. Not only are residential homes a potential risk, but they can be
found in hospitals, movie theaters, planes and gyms. People may believe bed
bugs transmit diseases, but according to the Journal of the American Medical
Association, bed bugs can carry more than 30 different human pathogens, but
there is no evidence that bed bugs can transmit diseases.
New research from the University of Minnesota has also suggested bed bugs are
attracted to dirty clothes, so keep them in a sealed bag or container when you
Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to preventing a
larger infestation. And since infestations can be difficult to control, Orkin
"Education and prevention are key," said Dr. Harrison. "Inspect your bedroom
regularly, and be cautious when traveling. 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."
Finally, while you may want to take on a bed bug infestation yourself, it is a
complicated process and not recommended for do-it-yourselfers. The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention and the National Pest Management Association
advise you hire a pest control company that has a great deal of experience
treating bed bug infestations to treat your home for a bed bug problem.
About Orkin, LLC
Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest
control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in
the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Central America, the Middle
East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. With more than 400
locations, Orkin's almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million
customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including
food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail,
warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin
is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a
QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer's
pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment.
Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).
Rollins Inc. is a premier North American consumer and commercial services
company. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Orkin LLC, Orkin Canada,
HomeTeam Pest Defense, Western Pest Services, The Industrial Fumigant Company,
Waltham Services LLC, Crane Pest Control and Trutech LLC, the company provides
essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents
and insects to more than 2 million customers in the United States, Canada,
Europe, South America, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia,
the Mediterranean, Africa and Mexico from more than 500 locations. You can
learn more about our subsidiaries by visiting our web sites at
http://orkin.com, http://orkincanada.ca, http://pestdefense.com,
http://westernpest.com, http://indfumco.com, http://walthamservices.com,
http://cranepestcontrol.com, http://trutechinc.com and http://rollins.com.
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SOURCE Rollins Inc.
Contact: Addy Apesos, Orkin, +1-404-888-2318
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