College Cities Continue to Experience a Rise in Bed Bugs as EcoRaider® Kills in the Hardest Hit Markets

One of the most aspects of colleges and universities that bed bugs have going for them is the transient nature of students. As each new semester and school year comes and goes, so do new students – some from throughout the country and others from international destinations.

What this does is create a major opportunity for bed bugs to travel from person to person, dorm to dorm and in many cases, university to university. For the last 10 years, bed bugs have experienced a major comeback that has become a tremendous financial problem for colleges and universities.

Each year, a major pest control firm ranks the top bed bug cities, with the top being the worst city in the country based on the amount of bed bug jobs that were performed there. For the 4th year, Chicago has been given that dubious distinction.

In Chicago and surrounding areas, students attend Northwestern, DePaul, Loyola, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago among several other universities and colleges in this top bed bug market.

And while this problem has really been listed more as an epidemic in the greater Chicago area, one firm has found a true solution to managing bed bugs.

Rose Pest Solutions, one of the leading pest control firms in the Midwest, has been using EcoRaider Natural Bio-Insecticide to protect its clients from bed bugs. Bill Hastings, Director of Special Services for Rose Pest Solutions Chicago, says EcoRaider has made a big difference in their bed bug protocol.

“We use EcoRaider as part of our heat treatment services for bed bugs,” he said. “We spray EcoRaider before applying heat to immediately knock down the bed bug populations … EcoRaider has helped us increase our percent control and reduce our bed bug callbacks.

I gave it to several of our technicians to use and their feedback was, ‘We want more of this stuff,’ which is usually a sign it works,” said Hastings. “I went out and tested it myself and had bed bugs dying four to six seconds after coming in contact with the product which impressed me.

“It acts quickly and fits into our integrated approach to bed bug management that includes heat and conventional pesticide treatments,” says Hastings. “We take it with us on our inspection visits and if we spot bed bugs can we apply it to stop the spread of the infestation and provide the customer with some immediate emotional relief.”

On the top list of bed bug cities, Chicago is followed by Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York and Columbus, Ohio to round out the top five – or the worst five. Those four additional cities are home to schools such as USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, NYU, Columbia, Fordham, St. John’s, George Washington, Georgetown, American and The Ohio State University – not to mention smaller universities, colleges and technical schools.


EcoRaider is unlike most products on the market, it is a natural, green solution that does not stain linens or bedding and is safe for college students. It is used in many sensitive areas because it is safe for use – especially dorms

EcoRaider, available online, quickly kills bed bugs on all stages without adversary environmental effects. It is also available to professional pest control operators through national distributors. It demonstrates as the only natural product that kills bed bugs with 100% efficacy based on a research paper published by The Entomological Society of America’s Journal of Economic Entomology – it allows bed bug control with a green, natural product.

EcoRaider offers ready-to-use, naturally derived bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs are found without restriction. EcoRaider can be used in various sensitive environments, including schools, health-care facilities and public spaces.

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