Pest control company Terminix just released its ranking of the 25 most bed-bug infested cities in America and, surprise, Cincinnati was in the top 5 — no. 5 to be exact.
Ohio had the most cities on the list, with four in the top 10; Cleveland ranked no. 1. The data was collected based on Terminix services rendered between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018.
According to Terminix, "Terminix experts advise that, contrary to their name, bed bugs can be found in many household places in addition to bedding, including upholstered furniture, in curtain rods or even behind baseboards. These pests can easily hitchhike from place to place by crawling into personal belongings such as jackets, purses and luggage. As Americans travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, they should be aware of the increased potential for bed bugs to join them on their journey through airports, mass transit, hotels and rental vehicles."
Bed bugs are small, oval-shaped wingless reddish brown bugs that are most active at night. They are hard to spot directly, so look for signs of their existence, like bed bug skins and blood spots on mattresses or sheets.
If you think you have come in contact with bed bugs, call a pest control company and remember that they can be killed with heat. While you shouldn't light yourself or your clothes on fire, the pest control company does recommend that you should launder clothing or other belongings that may have come in contact with the bugs on the highest heat setting allowable on the label or use a portable heat chamber. You can also places items like luggage in a plastic bag to prevent the bed bugs from spreading to other items.
Terminix Top 25 Bed Bug Cities:
- Los Angeles
- Dallas-Fort Worth
- New York
- Columbus, Ohio
- Dayton, Ohio
- St. Louis
- San Francisco
- Tampa, Fla.
- Washington, D.C.
- Louisville, Ky.
- Nashville, Tenn.
- Memphis, Tenn.
I’d be happy to coordinate an interview with a local St. Louis Terminix expert to discuss this news with you. The full press release is available here, and additional assets can be found here, including a map and B-roll package featuring sound bites from Terminix Senior Director of Service Rick Cooper.