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Los Angeles and San Francisco Make the Top 15 List for Bed Bug Infestations

LA Testing provides laboratory services and easy-to-use test kits that utilize advanced DNA-based methods to identify the presence of bed bugs (Cimex lectularius).


Huntington Beach, CA – WEBWIRE

Recently, Orkin published its annual Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list and it included several major population centers in California. The highest ranking city in the state was Los Angeles (ranked 4th) followed by San Francisco (12th) and San Diego (49th). The list was compiled from bed bug data from residential and commercial treatments from the pest control company’s operations spanning December 1st of 2017 through November 30th of 2018.

“According to a 2018 survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association, the three top locations where bed bugs are discovered include homes; apartments and condominiums; and hotels and motels,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “In the news release of the top 50 cities it was also reported that hotels spend an average of more than $6,300 per bed bug incident. This dollar figure highlights the economic impact these tiny insects can have on a business that suffers an infestation.”

These tiny insects are experts at hiding, which can make them quite difficult to find with just a visual search. LA Testing helps to identify bed bug infestations and confirms treatment and cleanup activities. The company offers a bed bug test kit that identifies these small pests through the science and power of DNA-based laboratory techniques. A small dust sample is collected from the area to be tested that is then sent to LA Testing’s laboratory for analysis.

To educate the public and property managers about bed bugs, LA Testing has sponsored an online video about the insects that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/gfAt_UAgNqA.

To learn more about bed bug testing or other building science, environmental, occupational, health and safety services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email  info@LATesting.com  or call (800) 755-1794. To access or learn more about the Bed Bug Test Kit, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.

About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.


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