Thursday, January 29, 2015

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Ugh! The Metro Detroit area where we live was just ranked second in a list that you don't want to be on ... Top Beg Bug Cities in the USA. Normally you want your community ranked high on lists, but not this one.  Each year the pest control company ORKIN ranks cities by the number of bed bug treatments they've performed.  Orkin just released their most recent ranking which covers from January through December of 2014 and Detroit jumped from fourth to second place which is obviously not a direction you want to see your community trending.  Other highly ranked cities included the Windy City (Chicago) in first place, the Buckeyes in Columbus Ohio were third and Cleveland was fifth showing that beg bugs appear to be taking a liking to the blood of us Midwesterners.  CLICK HERE to check out how your city may have fared in Orkin's top bed bug cities ranking.

Bed bugs are nasty pests - brownish oval insects about the size of an apple seed - that feed on the blood of animals or humans normally hiding in the daylight and sneaking out at night to eat while their victim is sleeping thus getting the name "bed bugs."  Fortunately, bed bugs aren't know to spread disease like mosquitoes but unfortunately their bites can leave itchy bloody welts on areas of skin that are exposed while sleeping.

To help spread the word about the growing bed bug problem in the United States, our friends at Orkin have provided A Geek Daddy blog with a new game they have released Bed Bug Feud.  Can you beat the clock and make it to the leader board?  E-mail your score to thegeekdaddy [at] yahoo [dot] com and we'll randomly pick one entrant to get a free CleanRest Pillow Encasement (retail value $20.00) to help protect your bed from these pesky bugs.

UPDATE: Congrats to Peggy from Alexandria VA who won the Bed Bug Feud prize!

Think you have what it takes to make it on the leaderboard? Play Bed Bug Feud and beat the clock to be crowned the Bed Bug Champion!  One A Geek Daddy blog player will win this CleanRest Pillow Encasement:

Check out this informational chart from Orkin for some tips that may help you win the Bed Bug Feud:

Now don't panic, not every home has or will have a problem with bed bugs but I hope this game and these tips will give you the insight and information to keep an eye out for trouble and know what to do if you determine these pests have paid you a visit - call the Orkin man!  S.L.E.E.P. tight and don't let the bed bugs bite!  Remember to email us your scores at thegeekdaddy [at] yahoo [dot] com for a chance to win a CleanRest Pillow Encasement which is not only good for protecting yourself from bed bugs but can also assist people with allergies get a good night's sleep.

 Disclaimer & Rules: You must be a US resident to enter over the age of 18. A Geek Daddy Blog will select a random winner on Sunday, February 8, 2015 ( 1 winner will be selected from a random draw of all eligible entries - each submitted entry will be assigned a number and a random number will be drawn to select a winner based upon total entries ). A Geek Daddy Blog will be responsible for selecting the winner of this contest, but ORKIN LLC is responsible for fulfillment and delivery of the prize. By participating in this contest you waive any liability towards A Geek Daddy Blog or its publisher that may arise from your involvement with this promotion. A Geek Daddy Blog hosted this contest and blog post based upon ORKIN LLC providing the prize to the selected winner. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Prize will be delivered by UPS or FedEx so no P.O. Boxes are allowed as mailing addresses. A Geek Daddy Blog is hosting this giveaway as a benefit to our readers. Information for this post was provided by ORKIN LLC. A Geek Daddy Blog did not receive any financial compensation for publishing this post but did receive one of the prizes for personal use.


  1. Eesh. Gross that we are in the top 10 for cities! I thought my apt. might have had bug bites when I moved in, because I was itchy for a bit, but I think it was actually my sheets (I wasn't used to them yet).