Bed bugs: Denver ranks among top 10 worst cities in U.S.

January 22, 2015
Photo: Bed bug (AP Photo)
In this file photo, a bed bug is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington.

The Denver metro area has the unfortunate honor of ranking in the top 10 of U.S. cities for bed bugs, according to a report released Thursday.

Atlanta-based Orkin, a pest control firm, ranked U.S. cities by the number of treatments it performed. Despite being the 21st-most-populated metro area in the country, Denver-Aurora came in eighth in the company's list.

Colorado Springs-Pueblo collectively ranked 44th. 

The company says bed bugs are a growing problem in the U.S., with consumers spending $446 million to fight the pests in 2013 compared to just $70 million in 2004.

Orkin offers these tips to avoid bed bugs at your home:

  • Inspect your home for signs of bed bugs regularly. Check locations where bed bugs hide during the day, including in furniture, mattress seams and bed sheets, as well as behind baseboards, electrical outlets and picture frames.
  • Decrease clutter around your home to make bed bug inspections and detection much easier.
  • Inspect and quarantine all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside your home.
  • Dry potentially infested bed linens, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric