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Pest control company reports Nashville, Memphis among worst for bed bugs

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Nashville and Memphis are among the Top 25 cities for bed bugs according to research conducted by one pest control company.

Terminix issued the annual 'Terminix Top 25 Bed Bug Cities' list on Thursday as Thanksgiving nears and many will travel outside of their homes.

Bed bugs can be transported in personal belongings after staying in hotels or using public modes of transportation such as airlines or rental cars.

"Once they’ve entered a new space, they can spread quickly to upholstered furniture, in curtain rods and even behind baseboards," the company states.

Nashville ranked 21 on the list, followed by Memphis which ranked 23rd. The rankings were based on the number of services rendered by Terminix from October 2017 through September 30, 2018.

Cleveland led all cities, followed by Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati rounding out the top five.

Louisville, Kentucky also made the list, ranked 19th. The full list is as follows:

Cleveland

Philadelphia

Los Angeles

Indianapolis

Cincinnati

Dallas-Fort Worth

New York

Columbus, Ohio

Houston

Dayton, Ohio

St. Louis

Chicago

Detroit

Atlanta

San Francisco

Baltimore

Tampa, Fla.

Washington, D.C.

Louisville, Ky.

Phoenix

Nashville, Tenn.

Pittsburgh

Memphis, Tenn.

Boston

Denver

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