Detroit ranks No. 3 city in the U.S. with bed bugs in 2017

Posted at 10:31 AM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 15:00:39-04

The city of Detroit is one of the worst cities with a bed bug infestation, according to a report from pest control service Terminix.

According to the company, Detroit ranks No. 3 on the list of the top 20 bed bug-infested cities in America, based on service requests from the company.

Ahead of Detroit are two cities in Ohio; Cincinnati at No. 2 and Cleveland at No. 1.

Infestations have risen significantly since the late 1990s, according to Terminix experts. 

“Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eradicate," Paul Curtis, director, technical services at Terminix said in a release. “They can travel to new locations very easily—hitching a ride on clothing, handbags, suitcases and taxis, which can create substantial infestations in no time.”

To make the list, Terminix compiled service data from more than 300 company branches across the country between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2017.