Columbus Dispatch

Bedbugs in Columbus keeps Hamilton County on the Top 10 list

The “Decade of the BedBug” is in full blown panic-mode here in Columbus. The national pest control companies release a PR-flood of announcement and the media picks up the story. Columbus has a city-wide BedBug infestation….so your neighbor’s homes, the kid’s schools, the movie theater and the Dr offices are all infested with BedBugs, just waiting to follow you home.

While the press reports are a little over-done, the facts are: Ohio has more BedBugs than any other State. Cincinnati tops the list, but it is no great achievement to be ranked #5. The Top 100 Most BedBug infested Cities list is really just a talking point for the local news and a sales tool for the pest control companies. Here is the Columbus Dispatch report about the BedBugs in Columbus and Franklin County.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/blogs/on-the-house/2013/07/bedbug-ranking.html

How do we know the BedBug problem in Columbus/Franklin County is “bad”? When the editors at New York Magazine are proud to report that 6 cities are ranked worse than NYC, those places have a BedBug problem. Here’s the article.
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2010/08/six_cities_worse_than_new_york.html

What really matters is: Do you have BedBugs in YOUR home. If each of us would be responsible for our own little corner of Columbus, we would drop from the Top 10 Most Bedbug Infested Cities in a heart-beat. Other cities have done it. You can keep BedBugs out of your life. Read how BedBugs live, hide, breed and travel around Columbus. All the information you need is posted [for FREE] on www.FLfresh.com. The major pest control companies DO NOT want you to know about prevention and BedBug […]

Top 50 Most BedBug Infested Cities in the USA

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.) […]

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