Texas 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, […]
The BedBugNewsReports.com pages are full of stories like this one…about Bedbugs in Houston group home. The question that comes to mind: Are the landlords SO stupid [and un-caring] that they don’t know that sooner or later they will end up on the local news.
Hello my tasty-human friends. 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
Houston has BedBugs. It’s on the Top 50 Most BedBug Infested Cities list, but THIS is just un-called for. There is NO excuse for this. Landlords need to know:
A > a Bedbug infestation never “gets better” by ignoring it.
B > solving the problem “early” is better, easier, cheaper, faster than dealing with it “later”.
C > You don’t want to make family members mad enough to get your assisted Living facility or group-home on the local news.
Here is the news report by Keith Garvin of KPRC /TV2 News- Houston. There are several things we can learn about Bedbugs, but first, watch Kieth’s report.
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As the Chief Editor of the BedBugNewsReports.com, I [the famous MrBedBug ] see lots of local TV news guys / gals standing outside a home, apartment complex or public housing facilities. They always arrive because someone “rat-finked” or snitched to the reporter about a juicy story. [A side issue is, as I have often stated, the “news consultants” these Network TV affiliates around the country hire to juice-up the ratings, always go for the shocking and disgusting. Top of that list is BedBugs. […]
5 things you need to know about hotel rooms article, includes Bedbugs [again] but not for the “right” reason.
USAtoday is out with [another] headline grabbing story. They hope it will grab readers [it must have worked, because here I am talking about it], but the facts are a little light. “McPaper” has always been accused of being light on substance in the “news” department, but this article seems designed to just be a PR/support piece for union-housekeepers in the major cities…. with a little “hate” for BedBugs thrown into the mix. I guess I’m overly sensitive, but these “5 myths about hotel housekeeping” do NOT really seem to be…. Umm… myths…. And the “facts about Bedbugs” are missing.
I’m MrBedBug, Chief SpokesBug for FLfresh.com and EcoBugFREE, the BedBug Eliminator. I am a TV star on MrBedBug-TV and the Editor of the Bedbug News Reports.com
I’m not disputing the thesis that hotel housekeeping isn’t a tough and tedious job. Just like the old joke about how people drive rental cars, everyone uses hotel rooms like that too. I get it, but isn’t that the “job description”. Come on! We all know “sanitation engineers”, chemical plant workers and other “nasty jobs” exist. In fact, “TV regular guy”, Mike Rowe has found TV fame with a “Dirty Jobs” show on the Discovery Channel that does nothing but celebrate these “your life could be worse” jobs of all types. Watch episodes HERE
So back we return to the USA today article that you can read HERE. I spend a LOT of time in hotel rooms, both literally and figuaratively [since I am Mr BedBug after all] I do like the idea of a “tip envelope” for housekeeping, and […]
If New York City is not proud of its new distinction as “winner” in the Top 10 BedBug Infested Cities report out today, you can’t blame them . It’s not great PR, but this new resurgence of BedBugs effects people all across the USA… even those who live far from the Big Apple.
From New York’s glamorous high-rise buildings to the smallest public housing complex in Fort Worth Texas, bedbug infestations are “big business” for the national pest control companies. Terminix and Orkin fan the flames to BedBug fear, with these PR announcements of which cities are more [or less] infested. It’s not a competition that any Mayor wants to win.
BedBugs are a growing problem. In the last 3 years, Terminix reports a doubling of it’s BedBug complain calls. Where are all the BedBugs coming from? It’s not an easy question to answer, but the same situations keep repeating themselves, so we have some clues.
The common availability of international travel is an important part of the problem. BedBugs were almost completely eradicated in the USA, but when DDT was banned, [because of safety concerns for children and the weak] there was no research done on alternatives. When the BedBug outbreaks were localized, not much publicity followed. Today, BedBugs are a problem everywhere in the USA and the BedBugs have become “immune” to most of the harsh chemical the pest control contractors use.
The Big Apple had been hit hard. Former President Bill Clinton had an outbreak at his Harlem office, as did retailers Victoria’s Secret, teen clothing store Hollister, the movie theaters in Times Square, […]
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.) […]
Lots of news reports tell you where Bedbugs have been found. When the national pest control companies release the “Top 50 Most BedBug infested Cities” list, Local reporters at newspaper and TV stations across the USA have a field day. We’ve all seen those reports, but all you really care about is: How do you know if you have BedBugs in YOUR home.
I’m Mr BedBug, [the Chief SpokesBUG for FLfresh.com.] That’s the #1 question I get in my e-mail and on social media [contact me @ my accounts, listed below] The press coverage about BedBugs tends to cause some panic, because reporters are always looking for the most attention-getting “angle”. There REAL job is to get viewers/ratings, NOT to deliver real accurate information. That’s a little harsh, because most reporters try to do a “good job”, but they aren’t experts on every subject and after finishing a news report on BedBugs today, they will talk about home improvement scams or potholes on the highway tomorrow. That’s the nature of the job, as a local news reporter.
These BedBug News Reports pages are design to help you learn from the mistakes of others. We also use it as an out-reach to local reporters to help them learn the facts, and stop repeating some common myths about BedBugs. When we see a “winner”, we tell them so too.
Rebecca Lopez of WFAA-TV /Dallas has a very nice, concise report about BedBug-sniffing dogs. We are used to drug-dogs and bomb-dogs, because of those very real inspection needs, but BedBugs “stink” too. […]
Every year, Orkin the pest control people put out a press release. It “honors” the Top 10 BedBug Infested Cities. Up until now, we dodged the bullet in Dallas / Fort Worth, but not any longer. I doubt crowds will gather outside the stadium and cheer: We’re #7, We’re #7 !!
BedBugs are back with a vengence nation-wide and it looks like Dallas / Fort Worth is an “up and comer”, because of a lack of awareness. BedBugs travel by clinging to any fabric that smells like humans. We are their only food source, so they must stay close. When a city doesn’t make prevention a priority, with treatments and awareness, an explosion of BedBugs infest the entire metro, like has happened this year in Dallas / Fort Worth.
How did Dallas / Fort Worth become #7 of the list of The Top 10 Most BedBug Infested Cities? It is actually pretty easy. BedBugs don’t discriminate. They feed on human blood, anyone will do. They will bite “the rich” and poor, kids and old-folks, in any neighborhood around here. Everyone is at risk, because BedBugs are now so common in Dallas / Fort Worth. D-magazine may question the motives of the folks at Orkin, and MrBedBug doesn’t disagree with that conclusion. http://frontburner.dmagazine.com/2012/03/16/dallas-fort-worth-no-7-with-a-bullet-onnational-bed-bug-infestation-list/
The national pest control companies use these press-releases for publicity. Jason is right, it’s not very scientific in how they rank cities as the #1 to #50 or Top 100 Most BedBug Infested Cities. The problem is: […]
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 […]