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Bad Bedbug-Infestation Is Bad In Atlanta (This article is from The Patch)
Atlanta is ranked higher than many other U.S. cities when it comes to bed bug infestation, according to Orkin.
The ranking is based on metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from Dec. 1, 2017, to Nov. 30, 2018. Both residential and commercial treatments are included. Out of the top 50 urban areas ranked in Orkin's report, Atlanta came in No. 9.
The insects hitchhike onto people from mattresses, luggage or other items. All they need for survival is blood. Sanitation has nothing to do with prevention: from public transit to five-star resorts, bed bugs have been and can be found everywhere humans are. They are master hitchhikers, so no one is immune.
These are the top 10 bedbug cities, according to Orkin:
Normally bedbugs come out at night to feed on people as they sleep. They lay two to five eggs a day, making them truly a pest to treat. Signs of bedbugs are bites, blood-stained bedding or flat reddish-brown insect bodies. They are the size of an apple seed, according to Orkin.
To help detect bedbugs, Orkin recommends doing the following:
Check common hiding spots for bedbugs — mattress tags and seams as well as behind baseboards, headboards, electrical outlets and picture frames.
Decrease clutter to make it easier to spot bedbugs.
Inspect secondhand furniture — a common way for bedbugs to be travel — before bringing into your home.
Dry potentially infested bed linens, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest temperature.
The most common places where professionals find bedbugs are single-family homes, apartments/condos and hotels/motels, according to the National Pest Management Association.
Hotels spend an average of $6,383 per bedbug incident, the association reported.
While traveling, Orkin also offers tips for looking for bedbugs:
Look for tiny, ink-colored stains on mattress seams, furniture and behind headboards.
Elevate luggage and keep it away from the bed, putting it in the bathroom or on counters.
Dry all dryer-safe clothing on the highest setting when you get home for at least 15 minutes.
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Jayme Closs rescued herself. Should she get the $50,000 reward money?
The couple who called 911 and alerted authorities that Jayme Closs was at their home said they did not want a $50,000 reward for providing information on the abducted girl's whereabouts.
They said if anyone does receive the reward, it should be Jayme - because she got herself out of there.
The question of what to do with that five-figure reward money comes a week after 13-year-old Jayme was found alive and well outside Gordon, Wisconsin, about 70 miles north of where she was last seen. Her parents were killed and she was abducted October 15 near Barron, Wisconsin, sparking an extensive law enforcement search for any signs or tips on her whereabouts.
The FBI offered a $25,000 reward for any information leading to her rescue. In addition, the Jennie-O Turkey Store, the employer of her parents, Denise and James Closs, added another $25,000 to that reward.
But a break in the case didn't come until Jayme escaped from her captor and fled to safety on January 10.
Now that she has been found alive, authorities are working to determine where the reward goes. Or if it's awarded at all.
GIVE JAYME THE MONEY!!!