Move over, New York City. After two consecutive years of being regarded as America’s most bedbug-infested city, the Big Apple can now pass on the crown to Philadelphia.
The City of Brotherly Love revealed the largest bedbug population this year, followed by Cincinnati. New York City took spot No. 3, according to data compiled from 300 Terminix branches across the country.
Terminix, the world’s largest pest control provider, determined its annual rankings by evaluating service calls from customers, as well as confirmed cases by service professionals.
The list reveals that bedbugs continue to be a rising problem across the U.S., with several cities, such as Columbus, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, seeing growing bedbug populations in 2012. The list also welcomes five newbie cities — Cleveland, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami and New Haven. To see the full list, click here.
“Bedbugs can cause itchy welts and rashes, and may go undetected for months in a home or business,” says Stoy Hedges, an entomologist with Terminix. “It is important for consumers to know the signs of an infestation and to have their home inspected by a professional if they suspect a problem.”
Terminix suggests taking precautions while traveling to avoid crossing paths with bedbugs this summer. This includes checking hotel headboards, mattresses and box springs for bedbugs or dark blood spots, vacuuming suitcases when you return home and immediately washing clothes in hot water.
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