Philly Is Number One (In Something We Don't Want to Be Number One In)

I'm already freaking out. The pest control company Terminix came out with it's annual ranking of the most bed-bug infested cities and Philly came in at number one. I know, ewwwww.

They make the rankings based on the number of calls for bed-bug removal each year. Following us was New York at number two and Dallas at three.

Terminix says there are few things you can do to help make sure you don't get bed-bugs:

  • Check hotel headboards, mattresses and box springs for live bed bugs, their exoskeletons and/or dark blood spots.

  • While full-grown bed bugs are about the size, shape and color of an apple seed, travelers should also look for newly hatched nymphs, which are cream-colored and the size of letters on a penny, as well as small translucent eggs, which may be found in the tucks and folds of sheets.

  • 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.

Brb, going to Lysol my entire house.

(h/t CBS Philly)

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