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May 16, 2019 2 min read

This season comes with a lot of traveling. People would be commuting to several places, and as they go, they may either be taking bed bugs around with them, or picking up some on their way back. Amongst the things people pay attention to when traveling, bed bug isn’t one of them. That’s why the tiny insects can easily sneak into luggage and catch a free ride to a new destination.

Unlike what people think, bed bugs aren’t restricted to beds alone; they can also hide in other items in a house, and can easily sneak into your belongings without raising any suspicions.

In which cities are bed bugs common?

According to data published across the country, here are 25 cities that are most hit by bed bugs

  1. Atlanta
  2. Baltimore
  3. Boston
  4. Chicago
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Cleveland
  7. Columbus, Ohio
  8. Dallas-Fort Worth
  9. Dayton, Ohio
  10. Denver
  11. Detroit
  12. Houston
  13. Indianapolis
  14. Los Angeles
  15. Louisville, Ky
  16. Memphis, Tenn.
  17. Nashville, Tenn.
  18. New York
  19. Philadelphia
  20. Phoenix
  21. Pittsburgh
  22. San Francisco
  23. St. Louis
  24. Tampa, Fla.
  25. Washington, D.C.

Dealing with bed bugs

These areas have been hit by bed bugs so drastically that pest control professionals are working hard to curtail the rate of infestation in homes around the area. In the meantime, travelers and residents of infested areas can follow these tips to curtail the widespread activities of bed bugs.

Because bed bugs are nocturnal, it may be hard to spot them in the day, so look out for blood stains, fecal stain and shed skin on sheets and mattresses.

If you suspect that clothes or sheets have been infested, wash them at very high temperatures to eliminate the pests.

If you suspect that your luggage may have been invaded by bugs, keep them in a plastic bag to avoid spread of the bugs, and then carefully sort the items out and wash the clothing among the at very high temperature.

Cities with highest rate of bed bugs