List With Bite: Cleveland Ranks 6th for Most Bed Bugs

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CLEVELAND-- Northeast Ohio is at the top of a list nobody wants to even be on: Orkin's latest list of American cities with the most bed bugs.

Orkin ranked the cities according to who had the most calls for exterminators to get rid of bed bugs.

Cleveland/Akron/Canton came in at number six, up two places from last year.

Chicago is number one.

Los Angeles is in second place, followed by Columbus, Detroit, and Cincinnati.


"Well, it's not a surprise that we still have a bed bug problem in Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs," Joe Lynch with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and part of the Cuyahoga County Bed Bug Task Force - yes, the problem is that bad; it has a task force.

They even hold a bed bug conference each year.

The problem with bed bugs, versus other bugs, is bed bugs are so hard to get rid of.

Getting rid of bed bugs can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars and experts say over-the-counter- products don't work.

A clean house does make the bugs easier to spot. But bed bugs are prolific hitchhikers and can be picked up anywhere.

In January, some were found in a courtroom at the Justice Center.

In 2012, there were some at the federal building on East Ninth.

Those bugs were reportedly all exterminated.

"If people do see a bed bug in their house or apartment, please call a professional. The sooner you take care of the problem the less costly it's going to be," Lynch said.

The list, released by Orkin, ranks the cities by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2013, along with any shift in ranking compared to January to December 2012.

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  • Chris Wesley

    well nice to know that we can just call a professional to get it exterminated. o yea most of us people in this city cant afford it. And the stress of throwing out all the carpets and furniture is just outrageous

  • Dee

    E hotshotYou can do it yourself as long as you catch it early enough but it will be alot of work. Home Depot sells a 4# bag of Diatomaceous earth and it does work , it is $9 + tax and also Hotshot bedbug powder that costs $7 + tax. The hotshot also contains diatomaceous earth, but i bought both so that i would have the bottle for applicator, i sqeezed the powder into all furniture crevices. Anyway, i am BUG FREE and have been for quite some time now.

  • ziggy

    Be sure to mention this when you are making your pitch for the Republican Convention. “We have fewer bedbugs than Columbus and Cincy”!

  • Mrs. bugfree

    Call 4sure pest control, 216-244-5101. He was reasonable(best price so far) and guaranteed his work. He also took the time out to let us know about them, how people get the etc…

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