Iowa infestations of bedbugs
Just like the Oscar awards ceremony and the SuperBowl, once per year it’s time for the annual Top 50 Most Bedbug Infested Cities “competition”. Can I have the envelope? please. These are the cities that will get the most local TV and newspaper coverage of the Bedbug Wars, in the next few months, on the BedBugNewsReports.com
I’m MrBedBug, Chief SpokesBug for FLfresh.com and EcoBugFREE, the BedBug Eliminator. I am a TV star on MrBedBug-TV on YouTube and Editor of the BedBug News Reports.com
Here is the List by Ranking –
[and if they moved UP+ or DOWN- from last year]
#1 – Chicago Il. [Congratulate our 2-time winner]
#2 – Los Angeles Ca. (+1)
#3 – Columbus, Ohio (+3)
#4 – Detroit Mi.(-2)
#5 – Cincinnati Oh.
#6 – Cleveland/Akron/Canton Oh. (+2)
#7 – Dayton Oh. (+4)
#8 – Washington DC. (-1)
#9 – Denver Co. (-5)
#10 – Indianapolis In. (+6)
#11 – Richmond/Petersburg Va. (+1)
#12 – Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, NC. (+3)
#13 – Dallas/Ft. Worth Tx. (-4)
#14 – Syracuse NY. (+7)
#15 – Atlanta Ga.(+14)
#16 – Houston Tx. (+2)
#17 – New York City NY. (-7)
#18 – Seattle/Tacoma Wa. (-5)
#19 – San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose Ca. (-5)
#20 – Boston Ma. (+2)
#21 – Milwaukee Wi.(-2)
#22 – Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Fl. (+3)
#23 – Nashville Tn. (+17)
#24 – Pittsburgh Pa. (+12)
#25 – Charlotte NC. (+18)
#26 – San Diego Ca.(+6)
#27 – Baltimore Md. (-7)
#28 – Phoenix Az. (+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, […]
BedBugs seem to create a level of panic and stupidity that no other creature can. In the “big list” of life-threatening dangers of the world, Bedbugs don’t make the top 1,000, yet here we are reporting another house fire caused by improper BedBug treatments. There is something important you can learn from this article about BedBugs in Des Moines, and I’ll tell you what it is.
I’m MrBedBug, Chief SpokesBug for FLfresh.com and EcoBugFREE, the BedBug Eliminator. I am a TV star on MrBedBug-TV and the Editor for the Bedbug News Reports.com
We created these pages so you can learn from the mistakes of others. BedBugs DO NOT spread disease. They are annoying, hard to kill, itchy and embarrassing, but they do NOT create any life-threatning situations. That is, unless you bring in a flame-thrower and burn down your house/apartment complex to the ground.
I’ve written over and over [on these pages and in syndicated articles] that BedBugs are creatures of habit. If you learn how BedBugs move, breed, feed, and what will kill them, you CAN clean a Bedbug infestation all by yourself.
Is it “easy? Not just NO!, but Hell NO.
Is it true that the national franchise pest control companies would prefer you write them a BIG$ check? Yes, it is, but that’s only neccesary in the worst cases…. and you would NOT have a “worst case”, if you just paid attention and took action early.
First and foremost, take action BEFORE the BedBugs are a HUGE problem. [I address much of this in detail at FLfresh.com, but BedBugs like to be near […]
There is a scene in the Steve Martin comedy movie [called “The Jerk”] inwhich the character [Navin R. Johnson] is overly-excited by the arrival of the new phonebook. He thinks he is “somebody”, because his name is in print. The old saying, “any publicity is good publicity” does NOT always apply….. like when the new annual “Top 50 Most BedBug Infested Cities in the USA” list is published.
Contrary to what “Navin” believes [“This is the kind of spontaneous publicity that “makes people”] most Mayors, Chambers of Commerce and City Health Departments would rather NOT be recognized for the inglorious achievement of being on the list, but there they are. Both Orkin and Terminex play this game with PR/news releases as a way to hype the franchise pest control services they sell. The list are not really very scientific, but actually based of the number of service calls received in each city. This introduces reporting variables that have nothing to do with the level of BedBug infestations, but lets allow them to have their “fun” at the expensive of Municipal reputation all across the USA.
Here is the Top 50 Most Bed Bug Infested Cities List [per the newest Orkin press release.]
1. Chicago Il (moving up +1 spot to be the New #1, like Casey Kasum used to say)
2. Detroit MI (up +1)
3. Los Angeles Calif (up +2)
4. Denver Colo (holding steady at #4)
5. Cincinnati Ohio (down the list -4 places, but everyone else in Ohio is “catching-up” fast. )
6. Columbus, Ohio (still ranked #6, but workin’ hard to break that Top 5 goal.) […]
Dear Mr BedBug. I live in Cedar Rapids Iowa where BedBugs are awful. My landlord won’t do anything. Can you help? Signed, My LandLord is a Jerk
Dear Victim of a Jerk Landlord,
I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. Which do you want FIRST?
[ for those of you “tuning in” for the first time, I’m MrBedBug, Chief SpokesBug for FLfresh.com and EcoBugFREE, the BedBug Eliminator. I am a TV star on MrBedBug-TV and answer YOUR questions too: send them to: MrBedBug@FLfresh.com.]
Lets take your question apart and deal with one issue at a time.
First, your landlord may or may NOT be “a jerk”. Not all landlords are jerks. Some are inconsiderate or uncaring, or greedy, or petty and the ever popular “never available”. Only you can determine if your landlord is really a jerk.
Second, most landlords [even the most considerate landlords, yes, they really exist] are really “afraid” of BedBugs. My community creates lots and lots of issues for landlords, hotel/motel operators, movie theaters, taxis and bus companies, airlines and any other place where you tasty humans congregate. You see, we BedBugs love to snack on human blood. It’s our only real food source, so we want to snuggle-up and stay close to any humans we can find. We BedBugs are “hitch-hikers”. We cling to any fabric that smells like a human, so that we can travel from place to place, looking for a new place to establish our home too.
This is important to know, because we are entomologically different than ants, roaches and other household pest. Those guys can be easily killed, or a “barrier spray” will prevent them from re-entering a kitchen or bathroom. BedBugs are immune to most “insect sprays” sold over the counter […]