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:
- 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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1. People sweeping and cleaning up the area in front of the Check Cashing store that was looted Monday night after Freddie Gray’s funeral in Baltimore.Source:Getty 1 of 13
2. A worker from the local laundromat sits in the store following the riots in Baltimore.Source:Getty 2 of 13
3. People take part in cleaning up the wrecked buildings in Baltimore.Source:Getty 3 of 13
4. A security officer walks through a looted check cashing store in Baltimore.Source:Getty 4 of 13
5. Two men help move a door from a looted store in Baltimore.Source:Getty 5 of 13
6. A little girl helps clean up a looted CVS Pharmacy in Baltimore.Source:Getty 6 of 13
7. Women take part in recovering Baltimore by cleaning up the front of the local cash checking store.Source:Getty 7 of 13
8. Volunteers clean up the looted CVS in Baltimore.Source:Getty 8 of 13
9. More volunteers help clean a looted mall lot in Baltimore.Source:Getty 9 of 13
10. Friends and pedestrians help clean up a looted store in Baltimore.Source:Getty 10 of 13
11. A man takes a selfie with a National Guard Officer Tuesday morning as others help clean up the city.Source:Getty 11 of 13
12. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake talks to civilians after Monday’s riots.Source:Getty 12 of 13
13. Congressman Elijah Cummings listens to people on the street Tuesday morning in Baltimore.Source:Getty 13 of 13