Baltimore ranks 5th in bedbug cities list

Bedbugs Baltimore ranks 5th in bedbug cities listIt may be a violent summer here in Baltimore, but at least we have bedbugs to deal with too.

According to a new report issued by Terminix, Baltimore ranks fifth among cities with the greatest increase in bedbug infestations.

Baltimore saw an increase of 46 percent in reported bedbug infestations since this time in 2012.

According to Terminix, Sacramento, California had the worst increase in bedbug issues (a 54 percent increase). The cities listed after Sacramento, include Milwaukee, Las Vegas and Columbus, Ohio.

Bedbugs, which many thought had been eliminated following World War II, have come back in a big way and are steadily increasing in the U.S.

“Bedbugs continue to have a significant presence across the country, in cities large and small, and pose concern for public health,” said Stan Cope, PhD and entomologist with Terminix. “There is now evidence that suggests that severe bedbug infestations may be associated with anemia. Also, bedbug bites can result in secondary infections due to excessive scratching. Bedbug infestations are also known to have a psychological impact and can cause emotional stress and irritability, so if you think you have an issue with bedbugs you should immediately contact a professional to treat your home or business,” added Cope.

The bugs are believe to be transported by people as they travel.

The 2013 list of cities with the highest increases in bedbug infestations include:

1. Sacramento, Calif.                        54%
2. Milwaukee, Wis.                         53%
3. Las Vegas, Nev.                         50%
4. Columbus, Ohio                            47%
5. Baltimore, Md.                             46%
6. Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.     41%
7. St. Louis, Mo.                             40%
8. Cleveland, Ohio                             36%
9. Louisville, Ky.                                    31%
10. Denver, Colo.                             28%
11. Los Angeles, Calif.                     27%
12. San Francisco, Calif.                    26%
13. Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas                25%
14. Nashville, Tenn.                            17%
15. Houston, Texas                            15%

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