Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Columbus has the fifth largest cases of bed bugs according to a recent study.

NBC4i reports that Orkin gave Columbus the No. 5, while Cincinnati was ranked 8th, Cleveland was 13th and Dayton was 32nd.

Bed bugs are not necessarily a sign of uncleanliness. These nasty bugs have been found in upscale homes and hotels, movie theaters, schools and on public transit. Orkin recommends homeowners, tenants and travelers all over the world to take the following precautions:

At Home:

  • Inspect your home for signs of bed bugs regularly. Check locations where bed bugs hide during the day, including furniture, mattress seams and bed sheets, as well as behind baseboards, electrical outlets and picture frames.
  • Decrease clutter around your home to make bed bug inspections and detection much easier.
  • Inspect and quarantine all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside your home.
  • Dry potentially infested bed linens, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.

During travel, remember the acronym S.L.E.E.P to inspect for bed bugs:

  • Survey the hotel room for signs of an infestation. Look for red or brown spots on sheets.
  • Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring, sheets and furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.
  • Elevate luggage on a rack away from the bed and wall. The safest places are in the bathroom or on counters.
  • Examine your luggage while repacking and once you return home from a trip.
  • Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting after you return home.
  • While bed bugs are not known to spread human diseases like many other pests and some people have no reaction to bed bug bites, others may experience itchy red welts and swelling.

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Source: NBC4i