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Louisville makes list of cities with increased bedbug infestation

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville joins a list of cities with the greatest increases in bedbug complaint calls to the extermination company Terminix.

In a USA Today article published on Tuesday, Louisville ranks 9th on a list of 15 cities which have seen an increase in bedbug complaints. According to Terminix, complaint calls in the city went up 31% since 2010.

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The Terminix press release quotes one of its entomologists as saying bedbugs have been associated with anemia, can lead to problems related to excessive scratching and can have a "psychological impact."

"Bedbugs continue to have a significant presence across the country, in cities large and small, and pose concern for public health," said Stan Cope, PhD and entomologist with Terminix.

According to the exterminator, bedbugs are usually transported from one location to another as people travel. They can travel in the seams of luggage, carry-on bags, folded clothing and furniture.

Terminix offers several tips for preventing the spread of bedbugs:

  •     Check hotel headboards, mattresses and box springs for live bedbugs, their exoskeletons and/or dark blood spots.
  •     Hang all clothing. Leave nothing lying on the bed or furniture.
  •     Avoid storing clothing in a hotel's furniture drawers.
  •     Store suitcases on a luggage rack as far away from the bed as possible.
  •     Vacuum suitcases when returning home, and immediately wash clothing in hot water.
  •     Between trips, store luggage in a sealed plastic bag in a garage or basement, away from bedrooms.
  •     If you suspect you have bedbugs, have your home inspected by a trained professional. Bedbugs cannot be controlled by over-the-counter treatments.

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