Story at a glance:

  • The city with the most bed bugs is Los Angeles.
  • Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas also have cities with a lot of bed bugs.
  • Bed bugs do not necessarily exclusively live in beds; they cling on to clothes and bags.

An industry-leading company in pest, termite, mosquito and bed bug control services has concluded which major cities have the most bed bugs.

Terminix Global Holdings listed, between Jan. 1 and Aug. 20, the top cities that have the most bed bugs, with Los Angeles ranking No. 1.

The next on the list of bed bug infestations out of the top five cities: Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit and New York City.


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Among Terminix’s top 50 list, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas also have cities with a lot of bed bugs.

“Bed bugs go where people go, so they can be virtually anywhere,” said Rick Cooper, senior director of bedbug services at Terminix. “Bed bugs move from infested structures — whether that be hotels, airports, schools or college campuses. They can tag along on someone’s clothes or backpack.”

Bed bugs do not necessarily exclusively live in beds; they cling to clothes and bags.


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Published on Sep 10, 2021