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Arizona Crawling With Bed Bugs, 3 Cities Among Most Infested



Bed bugs are a common annoyance that are found across the world, but they are especially fond of Arizona. Three Arizonan cities—Phoenix, Tucson, and Prescott—are among the top 50 most bed bug-infested places in the US, per a new Orkin survey. Phoenix is ranked 11th, Tucson is ranked 33rd, and Prescott is ranked 49th.

Understanding Bed Bugs and Their Spread

Tiny, flat, reddish-brown bed bugs feast on the blood of animals and people while they sleep. Their size fluctuates according on their feeding condition and life stage, ranging from the size of an apple seed to that of a pinhead. Their bites can result in allergic reactions, swelling, and irritation even though they are not known to spread illness.

These pests enter buildings through gaps and fissures in the walls, floors, and ceilings, or they ride along on clothes, luggage, furniture, bedding, and personal belongings. They are drawn to blood, carbon dioxide, and warmth. They can detect possible hosts up to a few feet away.

Factors Contributing to Arizona s Bed Bug Prevalence

Arizona has a high frequency of bed bug infestations due to a number of causes. All year long, bed bugs can survive and reproduce due to the warm, dry climate. Furthermore, the large number of travel and tourism in the state raises the possibility of bringing in and dispersing bed bugs from other areas. Furthermore, inefficient treatment and delayed detection may result from a lack of knowledge and education among the general public and the hospitality sector.

Prevention and Control Measures

Avoiding carrying bed bugs home is the first step in stopping infestations. Examining motel rooms, rental cars, and other possible hiding places is part of this. After returning from a trip, personal belongings should be cleaned on high heat and stored in tight plastic bags. Professional pest control businesses should deal with suspected or proven instances right away because over-the-counter medications and homemade cures are frequently useless and can make the problem worse.


Bed bugs are becoming more and more of a problem in Arizona and elsewhere. They are caused by environmental factors and human activities rather than being a sign of inadequate hygiene. In addition to causing emotional and physical suffering, they can cost people and businesses money. Protecting communities from these undesirable pests hence requires taking preventative action and seeking professional help as soon as possible.

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