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Company: Bed bugs on the rise in Dayton

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Bed bugs in the lab of Stephen Kells, a University of Minnesota entomologist, in St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 25, 2010. In 2012, The Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a joint statement on bed bugs. “The United States is one of many countries now experiencing an alarming resurgence in the population of bed bugs,” the statement says. (Allen Brisson-Smith/The New York Times)
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Bed bugs took up residence in this pillow-top mattress. The Middletown man who owned the mattress had to throw it away.
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FILE - In this undated photo released by the University of Florida, a common bedbug is engorged with blood after feeding on a human. (AP Photo/University of Florida, File)

By Amelia Robinson

Staff Writer

The Dayton area jumped four spots on Orkin’s just released Bed Bug Cities List.

The Gem City ranks 7th on the pest control company’s list for 2013.

Cities were ranked by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2013.

The Cleveland-Akron-Canton area ranked sixth, an increase of two places from the previous poll. It was just below Cincinnati, which is in fifth place. Columbus ranks third on the list followed by Los Angeles and

Chicago in first place.

Bill Wharton of Public Health — Dayton and Montgomery County said the number of bed bug calls his agency receives have not increased.

“We are staying where we were last years,” Wharton said.

Because the tiny pests that feed on human blood and often hide in beds don’t carry diseases, health departments don’t keep exact counts of complaints.

Read: Is Ohio bedbug capital of U.S.?

Wharton said his agency receives one or two calls from residents a day.

He said that companies like Orkin often use ‘bed bug lists’ as marketing tools, but the results might actually indicate that area residents are taking advice health departments offer.

“You really need to call a professional (to handle bed bugs),” he said. ” You are going to get more affective treatment.”

He said conclusions can be drawn from the fact that Ohio cities rank so high on the Orkin list and others.

“This part of the country does have a lot of bed bugs,” he said.

Wharton encourage those with bed bugs to call the Public Health — Dayton and Montgomery County at (937) 225-4362 for information.

He said bed bug bites can become infected and the pests can have a serious psychological impact on those faced with them.

“It can be traumatic dealing with bed bug — not knowing where they are and worrying about going to bed and getting bit,” Wharton said.

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The list released below from Orkin ranks the cities by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2013, along with any shift in ranking compared to January to December 2012.

1. Chicago

2. Los Angeles (+1)

3. Columbus, Ohio (+3)

4. Detroit (-2)

5. Cincinnati

6. Cleveland/Akron/Canton (+2)

7. Dayton (+4)

8. Washington D.C. (-1)

9. Denver (-5)

10. Indianapolis (+6)

11. Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+1)

12. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+3)

13. Dallas/Ft. Worth (-4)

14. Syracuse, N.Y. (+7)

15. Atlanta (+14)

16. Houston (+2)

17. New York (-7)

18. Seattle/Tacoma (-5)

19. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (-5)

20. Boston (+2)

21. Milwaukee (-2)

22. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (+3)

23. Nashville (+17)

24. Pittsburgh (+12)

25. Charlotte (+18)

26. San Diego (+6)

27. Baltimore (-7)

28. Phoenix (+7)

29. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (+4)

30. Charleston/Huntington, W. Va. (+1)

31. Knoxville, Tenn. (-4)

32. Louisville, Ky. (-2)

33. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich. (+5)

34. Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-8)

35. Champaign/Springfield, Ill. (+13)

36. Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C. (+11)

37. Omaha, Neb. (-20)

38. Buffalo, N.Y. (-10)

39. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (+2)

40. Lexington, Ky. (-16)

41. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+4)

42. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (-19)

43. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-1)

44. Minneapolis/St. Paul (-10)

45. Honolulu (-8)

46. Toledo, Ohio

47. Peoria/Bloomington, Ill.

48. Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.

49. New Orleans

50. Kansas City

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