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NYC Nation’s Most Bedbug-Infested City: Study
New York City fielded 11,000 complaints last year, according to city officials
Updated 12:16 PM EDT, Tue, Aug 24, 2010
Here’s a No. 1 we don’t want to be.
New York City has scratched its way to the top of a list of the nation’s 15 most bedbug-infested cities, according to a new report from a leading pest control company. Philadelphia and Detroit round out the top three.
Terminix is releasing its report Tuesday, basing it on an analysis of call volume to 350 service centers the Memphis, Tenn.-based company has throughout the country. New York City fielded 11,000 complaints about bedbugs last year.
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Bedbugs can be found in mattresses, furniture and clothing, and they feed off animal and human blood. Insect scientists say bedbugs are appearing on a scale not seen since before World War II, when they were nearly eradicated. Increasing international travel and other factors, however, have allowed these pests to regain a foothold in the U.S., and high-traffic areas such as hotels, airplanes and cruise ships are especially prone to infestations, Terminiz says.
The creepy crawlers have invaded practically every area of New York City, most recently making their way into the basement of the Empire State building and into two Manhattan movie theaters. Several clothing stores have had to close, including Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister, and employees of the high-fashion glossy Elle had to work from home while their office got treated.
The bed bug outbreak has many New Yorkers concerned — and wondering where to go to help should they be struck. The city says tenants whose landlords do not promptly respond to bed bug complaints can call 311 and file a complaint with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and may also hire their own professionals.
Here’s a roundup of useful links and tips to help keep your posessions safe or to deal with an outbreak if the bugs come after you.
“It’s no surprise that highly trafficked cities such as New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles are on the list,” said Paul Curtis, entomologist for Terminix. “It’s the bedbug problems in cities like Dayton and Louisville that prove bedbugs are back and can pop up anywhere. The bedbug problems in these cities outpace markets of far greater size despite their having a fraction of the population and typically fewer travelers and hotels.”