WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — 19-years-ago Michael Lipsett, President of Connecticut Pest Elimination, had never seen a bed bug, but now he says they make up approximately one-third of his business.
“Bed bug work has been steady right since it came in about seven or eight year ago until present,” said Lipsett. “We do a lot of bug work.”
From hotels to apartments to single family homes, a bed bug infestation can happen anywhere and in some parts of Connecticut, they may be a growing problem. According to a new report from the pest control company, Orkin, the Hartford/New Haven metro area ranks in the top 50 for bed bug cities, based on the number of bed bug treatments they had to perform in 2015. The official spot is 34, that’s up three places from 2014.
Why bed bugs have become an issue in recent years is up for debate.
“There’s a lot of different scenarios, a lot of different opinions on it. The climate is changing for warmer, people travel more,” said Lipsett.
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that often come out at night to feed on the blood of the host and unfortunately, cleanliness isn’t enough to keep them at bay. Getting rid of an infestation also isn’t cheap. Lipsett says depending on who you hire, it can cost you anywhere from $300 to $1,500 on average.
The best way to minimize the chances of the bugs wreaking havoc on your life, he adds, is to be vigilant.
“When you travel, obviously pay attention. If you’re going into a hotel, check the bed underneath the sheets,” said Lipsett.
Here is another idea, when you come home after traveling do a check of your clothing. Doing it in your garage, Lipsett told us is also not a bad idea.
Orkin ranked Chicago number one.