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Portland on a pesky list: Most bed bug treatments

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland has made one pesky list.

Pest control company Orkin compiles an annual list of the U.S. cities with the most bed bug treatments. The Rose City was not on it last year, but that has changed.

Portland comes in at No. 49 on the list for the most bed bug treatments Orkin performed between January and December 2012.

Orkin saw a nearly 33 percent increase in bed bug business last year across the nation.

People in Portland can at least be happy to not have the same pest problems as their neighbors to the north. Seattle jumped 14 spots on the list to finish 13th on the bed bug list.

The Orkin man made more bed bug-related trips in Chicago than any other American city.

Experts recommend inspecting your bedroom regularly to avoid an issue with bed bugs. Check mattress seams, sheets and furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames.

Adult bed bugs resemble apple seeds in size and color, while newly-hatched babies can be about the size of a pinhead and pale in color.

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