Five Ohio cities top ranking of “bed bug-infested cities”

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (WKBN) – Five Ohio cities topped Terminix’s sixth annual ranking of bed bug-infested cities.

The termite and pest control company’s list was compiled using data from more than 300 Terminix branches across the country. The rankings represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas with the highest volume of calls from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 17, 2015, according to Terminix.

For the first time in four years, Philadelphia was outranked by Detroit, which took the top spot. The Cleveland-Akron area is third on Terminix’s list.

The top 15 cities in the U.S. for bed bugs include:

  1. Detroit, Mich. (4*)
  2. Philadelphia, Pa. (1)
  3. Cleveland-Akron, Ohio (15)
  4. Los Angeles, Calif. (14)
  5. Dayton, Ohio (-)
  6. Chicago, Ill. (5)
  7. Columbus, Ohio (8)
  8. Cincinnati, Ohio (2)
  9. Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas (7)
  10. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif. (-)
  11. Denver, Colo. (12)
  12. Toledo, Ohio (-)
  13. Oklahoma City, OK (-)
  14. Baltimore, Md. (9)
  15. New York, N.Y. (3)

(*2014’s rankings)

Terminix says the company has seen a steady increase in bed bugs since the 1990s. The most common cities for bed bugs are major tourist or business destinations, where travelers are at risk for bed bug encounters in hotels, taxis or airplanes.

The company says bed bugs can appear anywhere and, although they prefer darkness, they also feed during the day.

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