Terminix has published their list of 2013’s top bed bug cities by increases in customer calls. This is in comparison to the call rate from last year to their various branches nationwide. We compared their data with our own, and while there were some differences, we found a solid correlation between the two studies. Did your city make the list?
15. Houston, Texas
You may remember reading up on Houston’s bed bug problem recently – this oil town was number 7 on our list of the worst bed bug cities in America. Terminix’s Houston branch saw a bed bug call increase of 15% over last year.
14. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville may not as densely populated as the other cities on the list, but that hasn’t slowed down the spread of bed bugs a bit. Music City has seen a 17% increase over last year’s bed bug-related calls.
13. Dallas, Texas
Dallas-Fort Worth may be the number 1 metro area in the South, but it’s number 9 for bed bugs, and number 13 on the list of top bed bug cities by increase in calls. 100-degree summer days helped Dallas bed bugs spread 25% over last year.
12. San Francisco, California
Despite its cool summers, San Francisco’s thriving tourist industry and busy airport (one of the busiest in the world) allows bed bugs to spread with ease. Bed bugs multiplied by 26 percent this year in the City by the Bay, and are showing no signs of slowing down.
11. Los Angeles, California
LA is the most populated city in California, and the second most populated in the country, so it makes perfect sense that bed bugs are growing in this bustling town. With a growth rate of 27%, Hollywood should have no problem finding bed bug extras for their next creature feature.
10. Denver, Colorado
Number 10 on our previous list of the worst bed bug cities in America, Denver is also number 10 in bed bug growth. Bed bugs are thriving even a mile above sea level, making Denver’s 28% rate of increase a testament to their resilience.
9. Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville’s swampland climate is not particularly warm or dry, but bed bugs are still thriving in Derby City. It’s likely that bed bugs are travelling to Louisville from nearby cities like Cincinnati and Columbus; in any case, this bluegrass town shows an infestation growth rate of 31%.
8. Cleveland, Ohio
Bed bugs must like music, because Cleveland is one of several musical capitals on this list. The home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is fighting a rapid growth in bed bug infestations, clocking in at a year’s increase of 36%.
7. St. Louis, Missouri
The mild climate granted by the Mississippi River hasn’t saved St. Louis from a nasty spread of bed bug infestations. This manufacturing hub has seen a whopping increase of 40% in bed bug-related cases.
6. Riverside, California
Hot summers and rapid population growth has made it easy for bed bugs to camp out in this Inland Empire city, with a growth rate of 41% over last summer’s bed bug calls.
5. Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore narrowly made Terminix’s top 15 cities this May, which means their bed bug problem has seen some exceptional growth recently. Baltimore’s 225 neighborhoods are home to over 46% more bed bug infestations than last year.
4. Columbus, Ohio
Columbus was number 4 on our 10 worst bed bug cities, and keeps the same rank on our top bed bug cities by growth rate. The Biggest Small Town in America has seen a whopping 47% increase in bed bug calls over the past year.
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, and is home to the hottest summer averages on this list. This makes it easy for bed bugs to flourish in Sin City, which saw an increase of 50% over last year’s call volume.
2. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Brew Town has seen rapid increases in bed bug activity recently, with local exterminators claiming that the region’s infestations have doubled in rate every year for the last 5 years. It’s little surprise, then, that Terminix noted an increase of 53% over 2012’s calls.
1. Sacramento, California
Solidifying California’s dominance of this list is its very capital, Sacramento. This river city narrowly secured top seat with a 54% increase in bed bug calls. Perhaps Californians will see some legislative action proposed once that state’s politicians start itching.
California and Ohio may have shown the most bed bug growth according to this list, but there should be no doubt that the threat is nationwide. Is your local news talking about bed bugs? Tell us about it in the comments.