Baltimore ranked #14 most bed bug-infested city

Posted at 9:28 AM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 09:28:32-05
Terminix just released its sixth annual ranking of the most bed bug-infested cities in the U.S., and Baltimore made the  list. Of the 15 cities included, Baltimore came in at No. 14, outranking New York City.
Detroit topped the list with Philadelphia taking the No. 2 spot.  
The ranking represents data compiled between Jan. 1 to Dec. 17, 2015 from the pest control provider's more than 300 branches across the country.
Terminix also released some myth-busting facts about bed bugs. The pests can pop up in stores, hospitals, and even movie theaters, and can also feast during the day. 
"We've seen a steady increase in bed bugs since the 1990s, which has been influenced by increased international travel and infestations left untreated," Paul Curtis, manager of technical services at Terminix said in a press release. "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."
Here is the complete list of cities:
1. Detroit, Mich. 
2. Philadelphia, Pa. 
3. Cleveland-Akron, Ohio 
4. Los Angeles, Calif. 
5. Dayton, Ohio 
6. Chicago, Ill. 
7. Columbus, Ohio 
8. Cincinnati, Ohio
9. Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas 
10. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif. 
11. Denver, Colo. 
12. Toledo, Ohio 
13. Oklahoma City, OK
14. Baltimore, Md. 
15. New York, N.Y. 
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