Cleveland Still Has the Worst Bed Bug Infestation Problem in the Country, Terminix Finds

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In news that's certain to make you itch all over, the pest control company Terminix reports Cleveland has the highest instances of bed bug infestations in the country. Despite Cuyahoga County raising its bed bug extermination funding last year, Cleveland unfortunately holds Terminix's title for the second year in a row.

Ohio seems to have a huge problem with the blood-sucking brownish-red bugs in general, as four of our major cities made the company's Top 10 list. The Northeast side of the country also seems to have been hit worst with the recent spat of infestation issues, which began back in the late '90s. For some 50 years in this country, USA Today reports, bed bugs were nearly extinct. Now they're back with a vengeance, and Ohio is clearly struggling to keep up.

The following data is based on the amount of times Terminix was called in to treat an infestation between October of last year and this September.

Here are the 25 cities with the worst infestation problems in America:
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Bed bugs are extremely hard to remove from indoor environments, which is why professional help is highly encouraged (although here's a do-it-yourself guide from the EPA). They're tiny, only come out at night and are now becoming insecticide resistant. People who travel, for Thanksgiving or otherwise, are highly encouraged to check mattresses when staying at hotels to prevent the spread of the pests to their own homes.

Contrary to public perception, infestations can effect anyone, as the parasites don't live on filth, just blood.

If you believe you have a bed bug infestation, act now. 

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