MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - January 04, 2016) - Terminix ®, the leading provider of pest control services in the United States, released its sixth annual ranking of bed bug-infested cities today. For the first time in four years, Philadelphia was outranked by Detroit, which stole the top spot.
Rounding out the top 15 bed bug cities in the United States are:
"We've seen a steady increase in bed bugs since the 1990s, which has been influenced by increased international travel and infestations left untreated," said Paul Curtis, manager, technical services at Terminix. "Most of the cities in our top 15 are big tourist and business destinations, making travelers even more at risk for encounters with bed bugs -- whether it's on the plane, at their hotel, in a movie theater or riding in a taxi. The name 'bed bug' is deceptive, as these pests can thrive just about anywhere."
The list of top cities for bed bugs was created by compiling inbound lead data from the more than 300 Terminix branches across the country. The rankings represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) with the highest volume of calls from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 17, 2015.
But it's not just the name that's misleading. There are plenty ofMyths about bloodsucking bed bugs that have people in the dark, including:
When bed bugs are discovered during an inspection, Terminix will develop a powerful, customized treatment for the home. Terminix bed bug solutions include its proprietary RapidFreeze® solution, which is fast, effective and non-toxic. RapidFreeze uses carbon dioxide (CO2) to freeze bed bugs in their tracks and prevent eggs and nymphs from hatching. RapidFreeze is perfect for homes, hotels, apartments, food processing plants and organic industries.
If you suspect you have bed bugs, call Terminix at 1-877-TERMINIX to schedule a free inspection.
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