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by Wendy Stackhouse · August 01, 2014

Los Angeles Moves Down List of Worst Bed Bug Cities

Good news this week when the list of the 15 worst cities in the US for bed bugs was released for the first half of 2014.

You might remember where Los Angeles landed for 2013--#2 was not a great finish for the year. But we have improved! Unfortunately we are still on the list but Los Angeles has moved down to...

(drum roll, please)


Philadelphia managed to retain its #1 ranking for another 6 months--congratulations?

Here's the full list:

  1. Philadelphia, PA
  2. Cincinnati, OH
  3. New York, NY
  4. Detroit, MI
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Boston, MA
  7. Dallas, TX
  8. Columbus, OH
  9. Baltimore, MD
  10. Washington, DC
  11. Houston, TX
  12. Denver, CO
  13. Indianapolis, IN
  14. Los Angeles, CA
  15. Cleveland, OH
With California only having one city on the list--and not high up, either--we feel pretty good about what we do to reduce the bed bug population in our service areas!
It looks like it's time for Ohio to get serious, though. Cincinnati, Columbus AND Cleveland? Yikes!
Bed bugs can be difficult to eradicate--if you don't know the best way to do it.
Pesticides kill bed bugs, but leave eggs to hatch later. They also leave nasty chemical residue and include the cost of moving out while the pesticides dissipate from your environment.
Sprays only work on "direct contact" (that's what it says on the label and on the commercial) so unless you actually spray each and every bug, you're only killing the bravest of the pests, not the ones hiding from you or the eggs they have laid.
High temperatures like those used in the ThermaPureHeat system--130 degrees Fahrenheit--kill every bug, at every stage of life, in every location. You don't have to see them, you don't have to move out, you don't have to worry about dangerous chemicals or residue. One treatment and those bugs are history! (Are you listening, Ohio?)
If you are one of the (thankfully) fewer people in California suffering with a bed bug infestation, contact Alliance for help right away!
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