Ugh!  What nasty critters bedbugs are!  They suck your blood at night and leave you hurting and covered in red welts.  All you did was stay at some hotel and the next thing you know, they're in your house!  How did that happen?  Where did you travel to last?  Was it one of these cities?

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The last time I checked, humans were at the top of the food chain; yet, these blood-suckers don't acknowledge that and it makes me mad!  After all, they're as disgusting as ticks and roaches, and I'm VERY annoyed that bed bugs are just as indestructible as they are!  Since when do they have the right to invade our homes and beds, and treat us as their breakfast, lunch and dinner?

The bed bug epidemic in this country is simply out of hand!  Sure, pest control companies are experiencing a boon because of them and the situation provides them with job security, which I can slightly appreciate. Orkin is experiencing a 30 percent increase in their bed bug terminating business.  But now the repulsive creatures are building up resistance to pesticides, and they're awfully hard to kill in the first place!

Orkin has created a list, ranking cities in the United States according to the number of bed bug treatments for the time period of January to December or 2012.  This list proves how careful we all need to be whenever and wherever we travel.

This is the list, which includes the top 50 cities in the United States ranked in order according the to the number of treatments that were provided for bed bug infestations.  Is Evansville in the top 50?

  1. Chicago
  2. Detroit
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Denver
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Columbus, Ohio
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Cleveland/Akron/Canton
  9. Dallas/Ft. Worth
  10. New York
  11. Dayton, Ohio
  12. Richmond/Petersburg, Va.
  13. Seattle/Tacoma
  14. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
  15. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C.
  16. Indianapolis
  17. Omaha, Neb.
  18. Houston
  19. Milwaukee
  20. Baltimore
  21. Syracuse, N.Y.
  22. Boston
  23. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo.
  24. Lexington, Ky.
  25. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
  26. Hartford/New Haven, Conn.
  27. Knoxville, Tenn.
  28. Buffalo, N.Y.
  29. Atlanta
  30. Louisville, Ky.
  31. Charleston/Huntington, W. Va.
  32. San Diego, Calif.
  33. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa
  34. Minneapolis/St. Paul
  35. Phoenix
  36. Pittsburgh
  37. Honolulu
  38. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich.
  39. Grand Junction/Montrose, Colo.
  40. Nashville, Tenn.
  41. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb.
  42. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y.
  43. Charlotte
  44. Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.
  45. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif.
  46. Las Vegas
  47. Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C.
  48. Champaign/Springfield, Ill.
  49. Portland, Or.
  50. Sioux City, Iowa

Whew!  At least Evansville isn't in the top 50...but is that good or bad?  At least the cities above are getting treated for the bed bugs they have.  Watch this video to see actual bed bugs and to learn more:

Here's how to check your bed for bed bugs:

Reclaim your bed and return to being on the top of the food chain!