Bedbugs are among the creepiest and most irritant of pests, and millions of Americans experience their bites annually.
For the past six years, pest control company Terminix has put together a list of U.S. cities with the most bedbug infestations. This year, Detroit tops the annual list, ending Philadelphia’s four-year run.
The Motor City wasn't the only metro that moved up the list, however. Dallas rose two spots, going from No. 9 to No. 7. But the big surprise was New York, which was No. 3 on last year's list and is typically known for rodents and pests. The Big Apple took a huge "tumble" (though hardly an unwelcome one, no doubt)to No. 15. And Cleveland took over New York's third spot, rounding out the top three most-infested cities.
Popping Up Everywhere
Despite their name, bedbugs aren't just found in beds. They can appear nearly anywhere, including daycare centers, restaurants, and trains, which is what makes it so easy to inadvertently transport the insects from building to building, or even city to city.
"We've seen a steady increase in bedbugs since the 1990s, which has been influenced by increased international travel and infestations left untreated," Paul Curtis, manager of technical services at Terminix, said in a statement. "Most of the cities in our top 15 are big tourist and business destinations, [putting] travelers even more at risk for encounters with bedbugs, whether on the plane, at their hotel, in a movie theater, or riding in a taxi … these pests can thrive just about anywhere."
|2016 Rank||City||2015 Rank|
|10||San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose||n/a|
|15||New York City||3|