Cincinnati Still #2 In Nation For Bed Bugs


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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Cincinnati maintains its position as the second most bedbug-infested U.S. city, according to the annual Most Bedbug-Infested Cities ranking, released today by Terminix.

Philadelphia took the top spot from New York City, which held the title for two years.

The 2012 most bed bug-infested cities include: 1. Philadelphia 2. Cincinnati 3. New York City 4. Chicago 5. Detroit 6. Washington, D.C. 7. Columbus, Ohio 8. San Francisco 9. Denver 10. New Haven, Conn. 11. Dallas 12. Houston 13. Indianapolis 14. Miami 15. Cleveland

The list was created by compiling data from the 300 Terminix branches across the country. The company created the ranking by evaluating service calls from customers, as well as confirmed cases by service professionals. The 2012 ranking proves bedbugs continue to be a problem across the country, with five cities - Cleveland, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami and New Haven - joining the top 15 this year. Other cities, such as Columbus, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., saw growing bedbug populations this year.

Ohio continues to be a hotbed of activity, with three of its cities making the top 15.

Terminix says it has seen an increase in the prevalence of bedbugs in most states since releasing its first bedbug ranking in 2010.

A survey done by the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research in March found the number of residents with bed bug problems declining, from 22% in 2009 to 18% in 2010. Cincinnati Health Department officials credit the city's aggressive outreach and education with the decline.

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