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Pittsburgh ranks in top 20 cities for bed bugs in U.S.

Ben Schmitt
| Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, 6:51 a.m.
Tribune-Review file

The bed bugs are biting ... in Pittsburgh.

Terminix on Thursday released a list of the top 20 bed bug-infested cities in America, based on service requests the company received during the first half of 2017.

Pittsburgh came in at No. 12. But we're no Cleveland: they captured the No. 1 title.

“Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eradicate,” Paul Curtis, director, technical services at Terminix, said in a press release, “and they can travel to new locations very easily — hitching a ride on clothing, handbags, suitcases and taxis, which can create substantial infestations in no time.”

Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood.

Signs of an infestation include reddish-brown blood spots on sheets or mattresses, a strong musty odor, or the bugs themselves, which are the size, shape and color of an apple seed, according to Terminix.

Here's the list:

1. Cleveland

2. Cincinnati

3. Detroit

4. Las Vegas

5. Denver

6. Houston

7. Phoenix

8. Indianapolis

9. Oklahoma City

10. Philadelphia

11. Baltimore

12. Pittsburgh

13. Washington

14. Tucson, Ariz.

15. San Francisco

16. St. Louis

17. Atlanta

18. Tampa, Fla.

19. Memphis, Tenn.

20. San Diego

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991, bschmitt@tribweb.com or via Twitter at @Bencschmitt.

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