Top 15 bedbug-infested cities


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If the bedbug epidemic is keeping you up at night, here’s some more news sure to make your skin crawl. Because pest control provider Terminix has ranked the top 15 bedbug-infested U.S. cities. Here’s hoping yours didn’t make the list.

The most bedbug-infested cities in 2012 are:

1. Philadelphia
2. Cincinnati
3. New York City
4. Chicago
5. Detroit
6. Washington, D.C.
7. Columbus, Ohio
8. San Francisco
9. Denver
10. New Haven, Conn.
11. Dallas
12. Houston
13. Indianapolis
14. Miami
15. Cleveland

Terminix compiled the data from its 300 branches across the country. The company evaluated service calls from customers and confirmed cases by service professionals.

New to the top 15 this year are Cleveland, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami and New Haven. Others, including Columbus, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., saw growing bedbug populations this year.

“Bedbugs continue to increase their presence across the United States,” said Stoy Hedges, an entomologist with Terminix. “While major metropolitan areas are most at risk, it is important to note that bedbugs have been spotted in cities and towns across the country.”

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And if you plan on traveling this summer, make sure you keep this checklist in mind:
• Check hotel headboards, mattresses and box springs for bedbugs and dark blood spots.
• Hang all clothing; don’t leave anything lying on the bed or furniture.
• Don’t store your clothing in the hotel’s furniture drawers.
• Keep suitcases on a luggage rack as far from the bed as possible.
• Vacuum suitcases when returning home, and immediately wash clothing in hot water.
• Between trips, store luggage in a sealed plastic bag in a garage or basement, away from bedrooms.
• If you suspect your hotel has bedbugs, ask for a room change.