CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A new survey names five Ohio cities among the top 15 cities in the United States where bed bugs bite.
Terminix used call data from 300 branches to compile its sixth annual ranking of the worst metro areas for bed bugs.
The Cleveland-Akron area was ranked third in the nation. Itching closely behind was Dayton (fifth), Columbus (seventh), Cincinnati (eighth), and Toledo (12th), according to the pest control service.
The data reflects calls into Terminix between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 17, 2015.
For the first time in four years, Philadelphia was outranked by Detroit, which stole the top spot. The full list:
- Detroit, MI
- Philadelphia, PA
- Cleveland-Akron, OH
- Los Angeles, CA
- Dayton, OH
- Chicago, IL
- Columbus, OH
- Cincinnati, OH
- Dallas-Forth Worth, TX
- San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA
- Denver, CO
- Toledo, OH
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Baltimore, MD
- New York City
"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, technical services at Terminix. "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 Ohio Department of Health provides helpful tips for preventing a bed bug infestation and how to get rid of the pests. See the FAQs at this link.