Thursday, January 20, 2022

Hampton Roads cuddles up to bed bugs; ranks 18th in pest rankings

The Hampton Roads region has a big bed bug problem, according to a recent study by Orkin. (Harvard University/Wikimedia Commons)

Hampton Roads became even cozier with bed bugs this year, according to a report by Orkin.

The pest control company released its annual “Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List” this week, which showed Hampton Roads in 18th place, up from 20th last year. The list is based on Orkin’s own data that logs bed bug treatments in metropolitan areas and tracks both residential and commercial properties.

According to a survey by the National Pest Management Association, pest professionals are most likely to find bed bugs in apartments, single-family homes, and hotels/motels.

“Any type of home is prone to bud begs. It has nothing to do with sanitation,” says Dr. Tim Husen, an Orkin entomologist. “We have treated for bed bugs everywhere, from newly built upscale homes to public housing.”

Baltimore is the nation’s number one metro area for bed bugs, according to the report. The Richmond metro area also ranks in the top 20 at 16th.

Sleep tight.

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Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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