Terminix Releases Top 50 Bed Bug Cities as College Students Return to Campus – Business Wire

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Just in time for back-to-school, Terminix Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TMX), a leading provider of essential pest, termite, mosquito and bed bug control services for residential and commercial customers, released a list of the top 50 most bed-bug infested cities in America.

Students have arrived on college campuses nationwide, and joining them could be some annoying and uninvited roommates taking up residence in dormitories. Bed bugs spread easily by hitching rides on luggage, backpacks and clothing, and can crawl through cracks in the walls, making common spaces of dorm living extremely vulnerable to infestations.

Bed bugs go where people go, so they can be virtually anywhere, says Rick Cooper, senior director of bed bug services at Terminix. Bed bugs move from infested structures whether that be hotels, airports, schools or college campuses. They can tag along on someones clothes or backpack. Bed bugs are an extremely difficult pest to control, but Terminix has the expertise, proper tools and techniques to assess and address the problem correctly.

Where Are Bed Bugs Most Common?

The top five cities on this years most infested list include Los Angeles claiming the top spot, followed by Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit and New York City. Thirteen states had more than one city on the list, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

Terminix based its rankings on the number of requests received from each city in 2021*. The top 50 cities for bed bug infestations in the United States are:

1. Los Angeles, Calif.

18. Tampa, Fla.

35. South Bend, Ind.

2. Cleveland, Ohio

19. Louisville, Ky.

36. Miami, Fla.

3. Philadelphia, Pa.

20. Phoenix, Ariz.

37. Flint, Mich.

4. Detroit, Mich.

21. Dayton, Ohio

38. Shreveport, La.

5. New York, N.Y.

22. Denver, Colo.

39. Kansas City, Mo.

6. Chicago, Ill.

23. Oklahoma City, Okla.

40. Ft. Smith, Ark.

7. Dallas, Texas

24. Nashville, Tenn.

41. Springfield, Mo.

8. Indianapolis, Ind.

25. Boston, Mass.

42. Mobile, Ala.

9. Cincinnati, Ohio

26. Lexington, Ky.

43. Seattle, Wash.

10. Atlanta, Ga.

27. Orlando, Fla.

44. Milwaukee, Wis.

11. Columbus, Ohio

28. Little Rock, Ark.

45. San Diego, Calif.

12. Houston, Texas

29. Baltimore, Md.

46. Fresno, Calif.

13. San Francisco, Calif.

30. Charleston, W.Va.

47. Tulsa, Okla.

14. St. Louis, Mo.

31. Paducah, Ky.

48. Las Vegas, Nev.

15. Washington, D.C.

32. Toledo, Ohio

49. Sacramento, Calif.

16. Pittsburgh, Pa.

33. Birmingham, Ala.

50. Dothan, Ala.

17. Memphis, Tenn.

34. Grand Rapids, Mich.

Signs of Bed Bugs and Where to Look

A few ways to identify the presence of bed bugs include small blood smears on your sheets, a musty odor, reddish-brown blood spots on your mattress, and bed bugs themselves. In dorm rooms, they tend to live in dressers, clothes, floorboards, couches and mattresses. When fully grown, bed bugs resemble the size, shape and color of an apple seed; however, students should also be on the lookout for recently hatched, cream-colored bed bugs (nymphs) hiding in their fitted sheets.

How to Protect Against Bed Bugs on Campus

Here are a few simple protective measures to help prevent the spread of bed bugs across campuses:

For more information, visit Terminix.com or call 1-800-Terminix.

*This ranking was created by compiling bed bug-specific data from Terminix branches across the country. The rankings represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) with the most leads received between January 1, 2021, and August 20, 2021.

About Terminix

Terminix Global Holdings (NYSE: TMX) is a leading provider of residential and commercial pest control. The company provides pest management services and protection against termites, mosquitoes, rodents and other pests. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., with more than 11,400 teammates and 2.9 million customers in 24 countries and territories, the company visits more than 50,000 homes and businesses every day. To learn more about Terminix, visit Terminix.com or LinkedIn.com/company/terminix.

Terminix Releases Top 50 Bed Bug Cities as College Students Return to Campus - Business Wire

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