Terminex Wants to Scare You About Bedbugs, So It Put Us #10 on the 2011 “Most Bedbug Infested Cities” List

I don’t know, does it mean anything to put a bunch of big cities on a most bedbug infested cities list and then talk about how it’s not just big cities what get bedbugs?

I don’t think so.

Anyway, enjoy this recent list from the people who fight bedbugs, and then check out a retread post from last year:

“Annual List Identifies Where Bedbugs Bite Most Across U.S. New Terminix Top 15 Ranking Shines Light on Critters That Hide in the Dark

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 25, 2011 – New York maintained its spot atop the Terminix Most Bedbug Infested Cities ranking, released by the company today. The rest of the list saw both the reshuffling of some cities that appeared on the company’s initial 2010 list as well as a couple of locations making an appearance for the first time. Terminix, the country’s largest provider of pest control services, has seen an increase in the prevalence of bedbugs in most states during the past year. The company expects bedbugs to continue to plague the nation this summer as travelers and homeowners encounter the tiny pests.

The 2011 most bedbug-infested cities include:

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, Ky.
15. Dallas”

And here’s the post from last year and the rest of what Terminex has to say after the jump.

Sleep tight.


I don’t know, seems this map from BedBugRegistry.com might not be the most reliable, ’cause some of the cases I’ve heard about over the years were from the Richmond District yet there are no recent reports for the entire west si-iiide of The City. I’m a little puzzled.

Anyway, it’s amazing how concentrated these red map welts are – you can see a bunch in the Tenderloin, but also the TenderNob and Nob Hill proper.

(Feel free to not watch this short, graphic video from National Geographic.)

Can The City help you if your landlord won’t? Maybe. Assuming your building is “infested,” you’ll get an inspection within four days via 311.

But you victims out there could have it worse. One woman who stayed at San Francisco’s Ramada Plaza Hotel (currently known as Hotel Whitcomb)  at 1231 Market Street not too long ago got a $71k settlement after suffering numerous bites that led to skin conditions.

Is your future address on this list of Latest Reports?

Hope not. Sleep tight.

Latest Reports:

850 Geary St, San Francisco
Apr 04: 343 Walnut St, San Francisco
Mar 31: Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 30: 334 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 640 Clay St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 655 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 14: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 13: 1105 Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 530 Stockton St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 11: 701 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 08: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 45 Mcallister St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 05: 1544 California St, San Francisco
Mar 04: 430 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 840 Geary St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 3398 California St, San Francisco
Feb 23: 761 Minna St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 5 Isadora Duncan Ln, San Francisco
Feb 18: 160 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 645 Stockton St, San Francisco
Feb 17: 1029 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 2550 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Feb 16: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 775 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 14: 922 Post St, San Francisco
Feb 13: 1890 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco
Feb 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 06: 85 5th St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 381 Turk St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 507 Missouri St, San Francisco
Jan 30: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 29: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 18 Latona St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 665 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 27: 925 Geary St, San Francisco


“The list was created by compiling data from the 350 Terminix branches across the country. The company evaluated complaint calls from customers as well as confirmed cases by service professionals when creating the ranking.

Baltimore, Dallas and San Francisco appear on the list for the first time this year, replacing Indianapolis, Cleveland and Minneapolis. Cities not appearing on the list may still encounter bedbug infestations as most cities and states have reported bedbug activity during the last year.

“The Memorial Day holiday, marking the unofficial start to the summer vacation travel season, is quickly approaching so it’s very important for the general public to be educated on the warning signs that indicate bedbugs may be present on the road and at home,” said Paul Curtis, entomologist for Terminix. “This year’s ranking gives credence to the fact that major American cities are certainly at risk, but bedbugs aren’t found only in big, metropolitan areas,” Curtis said. “You can find them almost anywhere, in any city or state.”

A national epidemic that has plagued homeowners, hotels, apartments and even retail centers over the past year, the bedbug problem is growing in scope and severity according to Terminix, and the movement of pests isn’t expected to slow anytime soon.

“Bedbugs pose a growing health concern,” Curtis added. “Their bites may cause itchy welts and rashes, but they may also go undetected for weeks or months in a home as they quickly reproduce. It’s important for consumers to know the signs and have their home inspected by a professional.”

Astravelers prepare to hit the road for Memorial Day, they should use the following tips from Terminix to protect themselves from bedbugs:

—  Check hotel headboards, mattresses and box springs for bedbugs and dark
blood spots.
—  Hang all clothing. Leave nothing lying on the bed or furniture.
—  Avoid unpacking clothing and storing your clothing in the hotel’s
furniture drawers.
—  Store baggage on a luggage rack as far from the bed as possible.
—  Vacuum suitcases when returning home, and immediately wash clothing in
hot water.
—  If you suspect your hotel has bedbugs, ask for a change of rooms.
Bedbugs should only be treated by a trained pest control professional.

About Terminix

Terminix, a division of the ServiceMaster Company, is the nation’s largest pest control provider. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Terminix services more than 3 million customers in 46 states and 14 countries. Terminix provides pest control services and protection against termites, rodents and other pests threatening human health and/or safety. To learn more about Terminix, visit their Web site at www.Terminix.com.

About ServiceMaster

With a network of more than 5,000 company-owned and franchise locations, Memphis-based ServiceMaster is one of the world’s largest residential and commercial service networks. The company’s high profile brands are TruGreen, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Through approximately 22,000 corporate employees and a franchise network that independently employs over 31,000 additional people, the ServiceMaster family of brands serve more than 8.5 million customers every year and hold market-leading positions in residential and commercial lawn care and landscape maintenance, termite and pest control, home service contracts, furniture repair, home inspections, residential and commercial cleaning and disaster restoration. Go to www.servicemaster.com or http://twitter.com/ServiceMaster for more information about ServiceMaster.

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