Where The Bed Bugs Are: Report Shows Rise In 15 Cities

Source: Jayne Clark / USA Today

Start scratching. Terminix has just issued its annual list of top bed-bug infested cities. In a twist this year, the exterminator has identified the 15 top cities with the largest increase in infestations.

The 15 cities with the greatest increases in bed bug complaint calls to Terminix:

  • Sacramento — 54%
  • Milwaukee — 53%
  • Las Vegas — 50%
  • Columbus, Ohio — 47%
  • Baltimore — 46%
  • Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif. — 41%
  • St. Louis — 40%
  • Cleveland — 36%
  • Louisville — 31%
  • Denver — 28%
  • Los Angeles — 27%
  • San Francisco — 26%
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth — 25%
  • Nashville — 17%
  • Houston — 15%

The Terminix press release quotes one of its entomologists as saying bed bugs have been associated with anemia, can lead to problems related to excessive scratching and can have a “psychological impact.”

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