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article imageBedbug infestation index ranks New York as top American city

By Michael Krebs     May 26, 2011 in Environment
An annual city index on bed bug infestations, released just before the Memorial Day holiday, reminds travelers of the top cities where bedbug populations are concentrated.
As parasitic insects are concerned, bedbugs are likely the most difficult to eradicate. And while parasitic insects tend to be found in parks and rural settings, bedbugs are equally distributed in urban areas, preferring the sheltered accommodations and plentiful blood supply found by their host in an ordinary bed.
An annual urban index, produced by pest-control company Terminix ranked the top 15 cities where bed bugs were reported most prominently. The Terminix Most Bedbug Infested Cities ranking, released on Wednesday, again identified New York as the number one urban environment for bed bug sightings and infestations.
New York has struggled with bedbug issues, with the Bed Bug Registry citing nearly 4,500 reports of bed bugs across New York City.
While CNET reports that new bed bug detection technology is on the horizon, the bed bug issue has plagued the hotel industry. Bedbugs have also been sighted in retail outlets in New York, hiding comfortably in clothing and other fabrics carried home by unsuspecting consumers.
And since New York is such a considerable travel destination, the ranking has been distributed with travel timing in mind.
Taxis near Times Square. New York City. Dec. 18  2010.
Taxis near Times Square. New York City. Dec. 18, 2010.
Celi Birke
"The Memorial Day holiday, marking the unofficial start to the summer vacation travel season, is quickly approaching so it's very important for the general public to be educated on the warning signs that indicate bedbugs may be present on the road and at home," Paul Curtis, entomologist for Terminix, stated in the company's press release. "This year's ranking gives credence to the fact that major American cities are certainly at risk, but bedbugs aren't found only in big, metropolitan areas," Curtis said. "You can find them almost anywhere, in any city or state."
The 2011 most bedbug-infested cities include:
New York
Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Columbus, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Louisville, Ky.
The ranking's authors offer the following five points of advice for travelers:
1. Check hotel headboards, mattresses and box springs for bedbugs and dark blood spots.
2. Hang all clothing. Leave nothing lying on the bed or furniture.
3. Avoid unpacking clothing and storing your clothing in the hotel's furniture drawers.
4. Store baggage on a luggage rack as far from the bed as possible.
5. Vacuum suitcases when returning home, and immediately wash clothing in hot water.
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