Orkin Names Four Nebraska Cities Top Bed Bug Cities in America

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Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic staff

The itchy red spots associated with bedbug bites usually disappear on their own within a week or two. You might speed your recovery by using:

  • A skin cream containing hydrocortisone
  • An oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

If you develop a skin infection from scratching bedbug bites, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic.

Treating your home
Once your symptoms are treated, you must tackle the underlying infestation. This can be difficult because bedbugs hide so well and can live for months without eating. Your best bet may be to hire a professional exterminator, who may use a combination of pesticides and nonchemical treatments.

Nonchemical treatments may include:

  • Vacuuming. A thorough vacuuming of cracks and crevices can physically remove bedbugs from an area. But vacuum cleaners can't reach all hiding places.
  • Hot water. Washing clothes and other items in water at least 120 F (49 C) can kill bedbugs.
  • Clothes dryer. Placing wet or dry items in a clothes dryer set at medium to high heat for 20 minutes will kill bedbugs and their eggs.

Some professional exterminators use portable devices to raise the temperature of a room to a lethal temperature. All stages of bedbugs can be killed at 122 F (50 C). In some cases, you may have to throw out heavily infested items such as mattresses or couches.

 

 

Orkin Pest Control says in 2012 Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, and Hastings Nebraska all make the list for being top bed bug cities in America. The company says its based on the amount of treatments they conducted in those areas.

"It really doesn't surprise me, because of the fact of how big of a problem that bed bugs have become," said Michael Meents with MDM Pest Control.

Michael Meents says battling bugs and pests is his businesses.
Over the last year he's seen any where from a Fifteen to 25-percent increase in the amount of calls for bed bugs.

"Now it's more moving into households. I'm getting calls all the time for houses, and it's not just the motels, and apartment complexes," said Meents.

Elizabeth Killinger, the UNL Extension Educator for Hall County has received increased calls of bed bug problems as well.

Her job is to identify and help provide more education about them, and one thing is apparent she says they're getting worse.

"They're becoming more resistant to different types of pesticides that were normally used on them," said Educator Elizabeth Killinger.

Killinger says that makes it tough to get rid of bed bugs.

"Once you see the bed bugs then you probably have a large infestation of them. They hide in out of the way places, in the binding of the mattress or box spring," said Killinger.

Which is why she says education about these little critters is key!


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