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Georgia Crawling With Bed Bugs, 3 Cities Among Most Infested

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According to a recent Orkin report, living in Georgia means being alert of possible bed insect infestations. Georgia was one of the states with the most bed bug treatments in 2023. Notably, among the top 50 most bed bug-infested cities in the US were Atlanta, Savannah, and Macon.

Understanding Bed Bugs and Their Impact:

Bed bugs are little, oval-shaped insects that are mostly active at night and hide in cracks and crevices during the day. They feed on human blood. They infest a variety of furniture, clothing, and beds, among other household things. Their bites can cause itching, swelling, and discomfort, but they do not spread illness. They are also hardy, enduring months without food and fending off numerous pesticides.

Prevention and Treatment Strategies:

Being vigilant is key to preventing bed bug infestations, particularly when traveling. Among the preventive actions are:

  • Inspecting hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs and using luggage racks instead of placing bags on floors or beds.
  • Upon returning home, thoroughly inspecting luggage and belongings, washing clothes on high heat, and vacuuming luggage.
  • Regularly checking homes for bed bugs, especially after having guests.
  • Seeking professional pest control assistance rather than attempting DIY solutions, which can worsen the infestation.

Managing Bed Bug Bites:

In the event of a bed bug bite, you must:

  • Clean the affected area with soap and water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid scratching to prevent infection and use antihistamine creams or medication for itching.
  • Consult a doctor for severe symptoms or signs of infection, and seek psychological support if experiencing anxiety or depression due to the bites.

In Conclusion:

Georgia and the United States face a serious problem with bed bugs, which can be physically and psychologically upsetting. People can lessen the negative effects of bed bug infestations on their lives and wellbeing by adopting preventive measures and obtaining professional help.

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