Kentucky 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, […]
I am Mr BedBug, The [Chief SpokesBug for FLfresh.com] and the Editor for BedBug News Reports.com We created this website so YOU could learn from the mistakes [and maybe successes] of others fighting BedBugs in Lexington and Frankfort. Every year the national pest control franchises put out a PR Blitz, and the Bedbugs in Lexington are so prevalent, we are included as one of the “Top 100 Most BedBug Infested Cities”. That’s not the news that helps sell homes, grow the industry coming to the area or make the Mayor and Chamber of Commerce happy.
The latest case of BedBug infestation in Frankfort is one of the worst I’ve seen in a while, but it make a good learning situation for everyone involved. An elderly woman [living alone] was found in her BedBug infested home, and the community rallied and volunteer experts arrived. Michael Potter of the University of Kentucky Entomology Department took the time to learn more about the BedBugs too. Since the homeowner was evacuated to a hospital [and later to a care-facility], the BedBug infested house in Frankfort became a research lab, before real “cleaning” began.
It is burried in the news report above, but a selected sample of BedBugs were “painted” to help ID them later. BedBugs can be very mobile when searching for a blood-meal feeding. BedBugs are unlike other insects, they do not consume filth, grime or eat other insects. Their only food source is human blood. The homeowner was “supporting” a colony of 10 thousand BedBugs. As you can see in the video report by ABC36 – […]
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.) […]
Federal, State and local authorities are feeling the heat. Citizen demands to “Do Something” about BedBugs are on the rise.
Lexington Ky apartment residents made the national news, because they were kicked out of their homes. In Fort Worth Texas, [as in many other city municipal housing agencies], the number one resident complain is BedBugs. Seattle is seeing BedBug reports increase faster than any other city this year. Cities all across the country are seeing an increase in BedBug activity, and the only ones happy about it are the pest control companies [with expensive services to sell] and Mr BedBug.
What you are just discovering is: BedBugs only feed on human blood, so they will stay as close to us as possible.. [That’s why “MrBedbug” always says: “Hello, my tasty-human friends”. ] BedBugs are associated with your bed, because it is the easiest place for BedBugs to feed. You are motionless, and asleep, unaware that BedBugs consider you an All-You-Can-Eat buffet.
As reported in this BedBug news report, these little blood-suckers can be anywhere. They are hitchhikers and will cling to any fabric that smells like us. The AMC movie theater in Times Square / New York City just happened to be the example given by Lindsey Davis of ABC News, but BedBugs are found anywhere humans gather. The BedBug News Reports.com staff see stories of BedBug infestations sources in rental cars and city buses, in Dr offices, and dry cleaners and laundrymats and of course, used furniture stores.
BedBugs are such a problem, some state officials around the country are asking […]