Bed Bug Top 15 Cities

December 26, 2012


Source: Terminix

This time of year we are bombarded with list of top 100 songs, hottest looking exterminators, best places to live, who made the most money etc., etc.

Well, I am happy to inform my faithful readers that I have received my latest copy of Pest Management Professional magazine and within its semi-glossy pages is Terminix’s list of cities that had the most bed bug jobs as recorded by terminix offices across the country. 

AND THE WINNER IS: Philadelphia! They knocked the home town favorite (Cincinnati) out of first place, back to second. Don’t feel too bad though. The buckeye state still has more entries into the top 15 than any other. That’s right Columbus is #7 and Cleveland comes in at #15. Cleveland was in the top 5 last year but as is so often the case with Cleveland, just when you think a championship might be at hand………well, you know the rest.

Here is some other interesting bed bug information you might find interesting: (or like my wife says, “It’s just creepy.")

  • One out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation or knows someone who has.
  • Bed bugs are found in all fifty states.  (We might escape the snow but not the bed bugs.)
  • Most Americans still have misconceptions about bed bugs.
  • Examples are: Dirty homes attract bed bugs. NOT TRUE.
  • Bed bugs are more common among lower income households. NOT TRUE.
  • All bed bugs need to eat every day. NOT TRUE.
  • A bed bug normally eats two to three times a week but it has been reported that they can go up to eight months without eating.

Finally, in a recent study of ultrasonic devices and their effect upon bed bugs, by researchers from Northern Arizona University, it was discovered that the devices neither repelled nor attracted bed bugs.  The researchers concluded that these devices in their current configuration did not work and therefore purchasing such things at this time was a waste of money. 

Remember, “Sleep tight after calling Alright."

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