CLEVELAND– Ohio cities claimed five spots on a list of 15 of the most bed bug-infested cities.
Pest control provider Terminix compiled its sixth annual list, ranking metropolitan areas with the highest call volume between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 17, 2015.
Detroit was ranked No. 1, followed by Philadelphia, Cleveland-Akron and Los Angeles. Dayton completed the top five. This was the first time in four years that Philadelphia didn’t claim the top position.
“We’ve seen a steady increase in bed bugs since the 1990s, which has been influenced by increased international travel and infestations left untreated,” said Paul Curtis, manager of technical services at Terminix, in a news release.
“Most of the cities in our top 15 are big tourist and business destinations, making travelers even more at risk for encounters with bed bugs — whether it’s on the plane, at their hotel, in a movie theater or riding in a taxi. The name ‘bed bug’ is deceptive, as these pests can thrive just about anywhere.”
Columbus came in at No. 7, with Cincinnati at No. 8 and Toledo at No. 12.