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Is Your City in the Bedbug Top 10?

  • November 26, 2010
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Is Your City in the Bedbug Top 10?

In America’s most bedbug-infested cities, panic attacks about bedbugs are common, but there are ways to cope, both with the bugs and the anxiety they trigger.

By Emily Main, Rodale.com

Bedbugs have become such a hot topic that they’ve sparked Top 10 lists, two to be exact. Two leading pest-control companies, Terminix and Orkin, have published lists of America’s most bedbug-infested cities. And if you live in one of them, you may already know what it’s like to deal with the creepy critters. Or maybe you’re more familiar with the anxiety of wondering whether any of them have found their way into your home. In addition to being stubbornly resistant to the most reliable pest-control methods, they can take a serious emotional and psychological toll.

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THE DETAILS: While the two lists disagree about who’s at the top, both feature the same cities—those that see a lot of international travel, including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles—and both agree that Ohio has the dubious distinction of being America’s most infested state. (Keep in mind that cities made the lists based on calls to Terminix or Orkin offices in those cities, so a city’s status will be affected by the concentration of a company’s offices there.)

The Terminix list:

1. New York

2. Philadelphia

3. Detroit

4. Cincinnati

5. Chicago

6. Denver

7. Columbus, Ohio

8. Dayton, Ohio

9. Washington, DC

10. Los Angeles

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Next: The Orkin list and tips

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9:16AM PST on Jan 25, 2011

Heh...i dont have bed bugs.For example now,by sheets,pillows and other bedstuff are outside:)-18 degrees of celcius.

8:55PM PST on Dec 19, 2010

ewww.

5:29PM PST on Dec 14, 2010

mine is not!!

11:04PM PST on Dec 4, 2010

Yuk. Thanks for the info.

10:52AM PST on Dec 3, 2010

I am so glad I am nowhere near any city on that list.

8:30PM PST on Nov 30, 2010

Gross. Thanks!

4:25PM PST on Nov 30, 2010

I dealt with those little bloodsuckers last year in September, terminated them, havent seen them around here anymore..When the cold weather arrives, I'm gonna open up all the windows for an hour to make sure I wipe out any of those trying to make a hell of a come back! Freeze Damn Little Suckers!

1:39PM PST on Nov 30, 2010

Yuck! Glad I've never experienced them! **knocks on wood**

11:51PM PST on Nov 29, 2010

Borax laundry detergent has another use besides cleaning clothes with a nice fresh smell. I had a terrible flea infestation in my home. I had tried literally everything and someone suggested Borax laundry detergent. Borax detergent is a very fine powder. I sprinkled it everywhere on the floors and carpets and vacuumed it up the next day. The fleas were destroyed. Since fleas are a hard critter to exterminate and the Borax detergent was totally effective, I wonder if it would work as well on bed bugs. Wash the bed clothing with it and sprinkle or toss the Borax detergent everywhere and wait 24 hours before vacuuming. It's worth the try. (The Borax detergent also got rid of every roach, spider, etc. that I wasn't aware I had) they were belly up on the floor.

11:46PM PST on Nov 29, 2010

Does having pets contribute to this issue? Or am I just confusing them with fleas?

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