Huntington Beach, CA, March 9th, 2021
An established pest control company published its annual Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list last month and it included two major population centers in California. The highest ranking California city from the list was Los Angeles (9th) followed by San Francisco (22nd). The list was compiled from bed bug data from residential and commercial treatments from the pest control company’s operations spanning from December 1st of 2019 through November 30th of 2020.
Bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of people and animals, usually while they sleep. They are experts at hiding, which can make them difficult to find. The presence of bed bugs can be an ongoing annoyance because they may cause itching and loss of sleep for people living in, or visiting, an infested property. Some people may even suffer allergic reactions to their presence.
“The good news for California residents is no other cities from the state made the top 50 list,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA Testing. “Los Angeles actually dropped 5 spots and San Francisco dropped 9. Even with these improvements, bed bug infestations are a major concern for hotels, resorts, dorms and apartment complexes throughout the state. Treating a minor infestation is far less costly and easier than treating the same infestation after it becomes more widespread. LA Testing offers a simple way to test for the presence of bed bugs that can help identify the insects before an infestation occurs. A dust sample is collected and sent to the laboratory where it is analyzed using advanced DNA-based techniques. If results indicate the insects are present, corrective actions can then be implemented to eradicate the pests before conditions get worse.”
LA Testing has also sponsored an educational video about bed bugs that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/gfAt_UAgNqA.
To learn more about bed bug testing or other building science, indoor environmental quality, occupational, health and safety services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. To access test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: : AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro, San Diego and Ontario.