(Cleveland) - Northeast Ohio's bed bug problem seems to be getting worse. The Cleveland-Akron-Canton region is listed as 6th in the nation for bed bug infestation in 2013 according to a survey released by Orkin Pest Control. That's up from #8 from the year before.

Ohio has 4 cities in the top ten, with Columbus at #3, Cincinnati at #5, and Dayton at #7.

The nationwide resurgence of the bed bug population prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue warnings to the public.

"While studies show that bed bugs do not spread disease, the physical and mental health consequences are well documented and of serious public concern," said Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D.

He tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, "Once bed bugs are inside your home or business, they can reproduce quickly and can travel from place to place in personal belongings and even on people. They can also move from place to place on their own, independently of objects."

Harrison says people, especially travelers need to check for bed bugs, and they are easy to spot.

He feels the EPA should get some of the blame for their spread, because the agency has banned consumers from using many of the more powerful insecticides that eradicated these pests in the 1950s.


The complete list released by Orkin.

1. Chicago

2. Los Angeles (+1)

3. Columbus, Ohio (+3)

4. Detroit (-2)

5. Cincinnati

6. Cleveland/Akron/Canton (+2)

7. Dayton (+4)

8. Washington D.C. (-1)

9. Denver (-5)

10. Indianapolis (+6)

11. Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+1)

12. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+3)

13. Dallas/Ft. Worth (-4)

14. Syracuse, N.Y. (+7)

15. Atlanta (+14)

16. Houston (+2)

17. New York (-7)

18. Seattle/Tacoma (-5)

19. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (-5)

20. Boston (+2)

21. Milwaukee (-2)

22. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (+3)

23. Nashville (+17)

24. Pittsburgh (+12)

25. Charlotte (+18)

26. San Diego (+6)

27. Baltimore (-7)

28. Phoenix (+7)

29. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (+4)

30. Charleston/Huntington, W. Va. (+1)

31. Knoxville, Tenn. (-4)

32. Louisville, Ky. (-2)

33. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich. (+5)

34. Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-8)

35. Champaign/Springfield, Ill. (+13)

36. Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C. (+11)

37. Omaha, Neb. (-20)

38. Buffalo, N.Y. (-10)

39. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (+2)

40. Lexington, Ky. (-16)

41. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+4)

42. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (-19)

43. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-1)

44. Minneapolis/St. Paul (-10)

45. Honolulu (-8)

46. Toledo, Ohio

47. Peoria/Bloomington, Ill.

48. Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.

49. New Orleans

50. Kansas City

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