Dayton's bedbug ranking drops
Dayton Daily News
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Dayton is no longer among the top 15 most bedbug-infested in the
United States, but pest-control experts said that does not mean the
problem is easing locally.
Terminix, a pest control company, last week released its annual
ranking of the 15 worst cities for bedbugs, and Dayton did not
appear on the list for the first time since it was created in
Dayton ranked 12th in the nation in 2011 and 8th in 2010.
But Ohio remains a hotbed of bedbug activity, and Dayton has not
seen a noticeable reduction in bedbug infestations, experts said.
Instead, Dayton fell out of the top 15 only because other cities
have seen their infestation problems grow.
"If there has been a drop up there in Dayton, it's only been a
slight drop," said Chris Brundige, Terminix's region manager for
Ohio. "We are still getting a ton of calls out of Dayton."
Terminix created the rankings of worst U.S. cities for bedbugs by
crunching data from the company's 300 branches across the
The rankings are based on the number of service calls from
customers and confirmed infestations by pest-control experts.
The Gem City dropped out of the top 15 this year, but Ohio was the
only state to have three cities make the list. Cincinnati ranked
second for the second straight year. Columbus ranked 7th, up from
11th in 2011. Cleveland ranked 15th.
Philadelphia ranked worst this year, knocking New York City out of
the top spot.
Bedbug problems in Ohio's larger cities continue to worsen, and
this could have a variety of sources, including the commerce tied
to Interstates 70 and 75, Brundige said. People who travel on the
state's major thoroughfares may introduce the bugs into the
environment when they stay at hotels, visit shops and attend
Brundige said Ohio is home to many major universities, and college
students often spread the pests because they live together in
crowded dorms and come into close contact in class and at campus
events. International visitors can also play host to the
Bedbug numbers have risen by as much as 500 percent in the last
decade in the United States, and the reasons for this include
increasing international travel and commerce and a discontinuation
of using dangerous insecticides, according to a report this month
from the Ohio State University Extension.
Bedbugs are found virtually everywhere, and pest-removers has
discovered them at homes, apartment complexes, hotels, schools,
movie theaters and businesses. Brundige said one inspector even
found bedbugs in a Redbox movie-rental station. A customer opened
their movie and found an unwelcome surprise inside.
In a April 22 article, the Dayton Daily News reported that bedbug
complaints in the Miami Valley have remained steady or increased
this year. Warren County had 25 complaints through April, more than
all of 2011 or 2010.
Bill Wharton, spokesman for Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery
County, said his department is averaging about three to four bedbug
complaints each week, which is consistent with complaint levels
from a year ago.
Although the health department does not take action unless there is
a public health concern, Wharton said his team provide people and
businesses with information about eliminating the pests and
preventing them from spreading.
Wharton said bedbug problems usually stem from clutter, and bedbugs
cause the biggest headaches not when they are introduced into a
setting, but when they become established and breed.
"They are so difficult to get rid of because they can go long, long
times without a blood meal," he said.
Bedbugs travel in the seams and folds of luggage, folded clothes,
bedding, furniture and overnight bags, according to the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They hide in bed
frames, mattresses, box springs, headboards, dresser tables, under
clutter and in cracks.
People can protect against bedbugs by inspecting secondhand items
for signs of infestation. People should reduce clutter in their
homes, and protective covers can eliminate hiding spots for the
Travelers should check mattresses and headboards before hitting the
sack, and they should inspect their luggage when they return