Some good news this week for Washingtonians: for the first time since we can remember, Washington, DC is not found to be the city with the greatest number of bed bug infestations, according to Orkin’s annual survey! Claiming the “crown” this year is Chicago. Chicagoans, we feel for you.
Washington, DC took third place this year, after Baltimore. Orkin did have a helpful tip for anyone facing a bed bug scare. Just remember the acronym SLEEP to inspect your home or hotel for bed bugs.
“Survey the room for signs of an infestation. Be on the lookout for tiny, black, ink-colored stains on mattress seams, in soft furniture and behind headboards. They can even hide out in electrical outlets and picture frames!
Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring and other furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.
Elevate luggage away from the bed and wall. The safest places are in the bathroom or on counters.
Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and once you return home from a trip. Always store luggage away from the bed. Be sure to also examine all secondhand furniture and clothing before bringing it in your home and inspect after guests visit.
Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 45 minutes at the highest setting after you return home.”
If you are concerned about bed bug in your home, do not hesitate to call us at 703.739.2847. With our highly trained canines, we will find bed bugs wherever they may be hiding. If needed, we can provide the most effective and eco-friendly treatment options.