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Washington Crawling With Bed Bugs, 3 Cities Among Most Infested



Washington has seen a noticeable increase in bed bug infestations in recent years; three of its cities are currently among the worst plagued in the country. Residents and pest control professionals alike are now quite concerned about these microscopic bloodsucking bugs.

Understanding Bed Bugs

Small, nocturnal insects, bed bugs have adapted to live alongside people. Their bodies are round and flat, and their color is rusty red. They are about the size of an apple seed. Their bites can cause itching and discomfort, which can induce worry and disrupt sleep, even though they don’t spread disease.

The Spread in Washington

The infestation has quickly spread throughout Washington, especially in areas with high population density. Increasing travel, the trade of used furniture, and bugs’ propensity to hitchhike on personal items are all contributing factors.

Identifying an Infestation

Because bed bugs are elusive, finding them can be difficult. During the day, they frequently hide in furniture, box springs, and mattresses. Itchy bites, blood stains on bedding, and the presence of bed bug excrement are indicators of an infestation.

Prevention and Control

Regularly checking living areas, clearing clutter, and being cautious when bringing in used objects are all necessary to prevent bed bugs. For efficient eradication, hiring professional pest control services is advised if an infestation is suspected.

The Psychological Impact

In addition to the pain that comes from bites, bed bug infestations have a serious psychological impact. Handling these pests can exacerbate the condition by causing tension, worry, and sleep disruptions.

Some Common Bed Bug Treatments

Chemical Procedures:

  • Insecticides: Various forms of insecticides are used, including pyrethrins, pyrroles, desiccants, biochemicals, pyrethroids, neonicotinoids, and insect growth regulators.
  • Foggers or Bug Bombs: These can be used, but they may not reach deep into hiding places of bed bugs.

Non-Medical Interventions:

  • Heat Treatment: Exposing bed bugs to temperatures of about 50 C (122 F) for more than 90 minutes can effectively kill them.
  • Cold Treatment: Bed bugs can also be killed by exposing them to freezing temperatures for at least two weeks.
  • Steam Cleaning: High-temperature steam cleaners can kill bed bugs in carpets, curtains, mattresses, and furniture.
  • Vacuuming: Regular and thorough vacuuming can help remove bed bugs and their eggs from cracks and crevices.

Preventive actions:

  • Encasements: Using protective covers for mattresses and box springs can trap bed bugs and prevent infestation.
  • Regular Washing: Washing bedding and clothing in hot water and drying them on high heat can kill bed bugs.

Expert Termination:

  • If the infestation is severe, professional pest control services may be necessary to ensure complete eradication.


Bed bug infestations are a problem in Washington, and controlling and preventing their spread will need proactive measures as well as increased public awareness. The community must work together to combat it, exercising caution and acting quickly when these intruders are discovered.

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