New York Is America's Top City for Bedbugs

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According to a survey released by the pest-control people at Terminix, New York is again the number one city for bedbugs in the US of A. Congrats, all. This summer keeps being touted as the "summer of bedbugs," and it's great to know that we're succeeding on that front. Truthfully, it's horrible to know that we're succeeding on that front. If you decide you want to move to a less bedbuggy city, the list of the 15 most infested places is after the jump. Can we have your apartment? Does your apartment have bedbugs?

1. New York 2. Cincinnati 3. Detroit 4. Chicago 5. Philadelphia 6. Denver 7. Washington, D.C. 8. Los Angeles 9. Boston 10. San Francisco 11. Columbus, Ohio 12. Dayton, Ohio 13. Baltimore 14. Louisville, Kentucky 15. Dallas

Keep in mind, of course, that we're talking about bedbugs more these days, which means people are reporting them more. If you do think you have bedbugs, you should deal with them immediately because we hear they only get worse. Check the NYC.gov page on bedbug info, and call 311 or 212 NEWYORK for more information. You can also check the handy Bed Bug Registry to get infestation information for locations (like hotel rooms, sublet addresses, businesses and whatnot) in New York and other cities.

New study: What U.S. city is No. 1 for bed bug infestations? [USA Today]


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Cocobi
Cocobi

Who cares who's reporting the problem? All I know is that I've known five acquaintances report bedbugs as a problem in as many years, three were in NYC, one was in DC and the fifth was in the SF Bay Area and her roommate brought them into the house after a trip to NYC. How's that for a totally random sample?

Let's not deny it, people. NYC has BB problem.

Also, does anyone know if the reports about Chelsea Clearview Cinema's infestations are factual? Or are they being ginned up by competitors? I wanted to see a free preview of Friends With Benefits that was playing there tonight, but then I found two user-generated content websites with posts claiming that the theater is totally infested with bedbugs, and that management knows about this infestation but is reacting to it in a manner that could best be described as nonchalant. Read the links below:

http://bedbugregistry.com/loca...

Paul Hibbert
Paul Hibbert

I've too seen this info on other sites.  Never new so many trusted in Terminix to provide such information. They have no where near the reputation of other companies like Decon Pro Green.

RobertC
RobertC

These results are "based on customer complaints validated by Terminix and infestations discovered during pest calls." It's based on business done by one company, and is hardly as definitive as you're making it out to be. It's indisputably a big problem here, but you're not helping inform anyone by implying this list is valid evidence. If the Voice is going to misrepresent these numbers, are we supposed to trust you when you present poll results?

Jen Doll
Jen Doll

 "According to a survey released by the pest-control people at Terminix."

RobertC
RobertC

Yes, thank you. The point is, it's results from one company's business--hardly a random sample, and they don't give nearly enough details about their methodology. But your headline says simply "New York is America's Top City for Bedbugs," and the post doesn't mention any of the problems involved in trusting this one source as definitive information.

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