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LA ranks 4th for bed bug infestations, so don't let them bite




Bedbug insecticide products are displayed at the Bed Bug University North American Summit 2010.
Bedbug insecticide products are displayed at the Bed Bug University North American Summit 2010.
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This week, a Los Angeles family was awarded the biggest payout ever in the country for a bed bug case — $1.6 million. They were living in an Inglewood apartment at the time, where their infant was scarred from all the bites. A jury ruled that the owner owes them compensation.

So how common are bed bugs throughout L.A., beyond this one case? The short answer is very. Last year, the city ranked fourth in the nation for bed bug infestations. That's according to the pest control company Orkin.

Here's what you should know about these tiny, bitey creatures:

Their bites leave red marks, usually on the arms or shoulders. As for where they lurk, they can hide in your pillow or mattress or box spring. Or maybe a chair or even your walls. 

But there's good news. You can get rid of them, or prevent them from biting you in the first place. Just use a protective cover on your mattress, vacuum frequently and spray.

So we're very serious when we say: "Don't let the bed bugs bite!"