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New York Tops List Of Most Bedbug-Infested Cities

August 25, 2010

Bedbugs are more prevalent in New York City than anywhere else in the U.S., but it is the Buckeye State that appears to be the most bedbug-infested state in America, according to the findings of a new study conducted by pest-control company Terminix.

Behind the Big Apple on the list of the 15 most bedbug-infested locales are the cities of Philadelphia and Detroit, with fourth-place Cincinnati marking the first of three Ohio cities cracking the top ten. Rounding out the list is Chicago; Denver, Columbus, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; Boston; Indianapolis; Louisville, Kentucky; Cleveland; and Minneapolis.

“It’s no surprise that highly trafficked cities such as New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles are on the list,” Paul Curtis, entomologist for Terminix, said in a press release published by the company on Tuesday. “It’s the bedbug problems in cities like Dayton and Louisville that prove bedbugs are back and can pop up anywhere. The bedbug problems in these cities outpace markets of far greater size despite their having a fraction of the population and typically fewer travelers and hotels.”

Terminix spokesman Clint Briscoe told Reuters reporter Jon Hurdle that the company’s bedbug business had more than doubled over the past three years, and New York City Councilwoman Christine Quinn added that the city would spend half a million dollars to eliminate the pests, which had infected locations such as Victoria’s Secret and the popular Hollister clothing store.

According to the pest control company’s press release, travelers should thoroughly check their hotel room beds for dark blood spots usually left behind by bed bugs, while also taking care to keep clothes and luggage off the floor and as far away from their sleeping area as possible. In addition, it advises all individuals to inspect all furniture and used appliances for bedbugs before bringing them home, to wash new clothing in hot water before bringing them into the house, and to use zippered encasements on infested mattresses and/or box springs.

“The top 15 list was developed by Terminix and was created by compiling and analyzing market-specific call volume about bedbugs to the 350 Terminix service centers throughout the country,” the company said in their press release.

Bedbug Image Courtesy: CDC/ Harvard University, Dr. Gary Alpert; Dr. Harold Harlan; Richard Pollack. Photo Credit: Piotr Naskrecki

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