ATLANTA, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A U.S. pest control company said Tuesday Chicago led the nation in reports of bed bugs in 2012, followed by Detroit, Los Angeles, Denver and Cincinnati.
In a news release, Orkin said its parent company, Rollins -- which operates eight pest control brands in the United States -- increased its bed bug business in 2012 by almost 33 percent over 2011.
Columbus, Ohio; Washington; Cleveland/Akron/Canton; Dallas/Ft. Worth; and New York complete the Top 10 on the list of U.S. cities troubled by bed bugs, parasites that feed on human blood.
Ron Harrison, an entomologist and technical services director for Orkin, said people need to be "vigilant wherever we are and take the proper precautions" against bed bugs.
"Based on the diversity of cities on the list, we all need to be very cautious when we travel -- whether it is business or pleasure, or to visit family, friends or vacation," Harrison said.
Orkin said bed bugs can be found in kitchens and bathrooms as well as bedrooms, and are also found in hospitals, movie theaters, planes and physical fitness facilities.
They can carry more than 30 human pathogens, but evidence does not indicate they can transmit diseases, Orkin said, citing the Journal of the American Medical Association.
|Additional Odd News Stories|
LOS ANGELES, May 24 (UPI) --Tim Curry's agent told USA Today the British actor suffered a stroke in July but is now doing "very well."
PHILADELPHIA, May 24 (UPI) --A Philadelphia judge ordered a couple detained because others might "harbor" them from prosecution for the death of their baby after he was denied medical care.
NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) --U.S. stock indexes closed mixed on Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing just above break-even on the New York Stock Exchange.