Milwaukee has fast-growing bed bug problems

CREATED Jul. 10, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Terminix has released a list of cities that have had the biggest jump in bed bug infestations.

Number one is Sacramento, and unfortunately, Milwaukee is number two! Las Vegas comes in third.

“Bedbugs continue to have a significant presence across the country, in cities large and small, and pose concern for public health,” said Stan Cope, PhD and entomologist with Terminix.

“There is now evidence that suggests that severe bedbug infestations may be associated with anemia. Also, bedbug bites can result in secondary infections due to excessive scratching. Bedbug infestations are also known to have a psychological impact and can cause emotional stress and irritability.”

Terminix said bedbugs are usually transported from one location to another as people travel. They can travel in the seams of luggage, carry-on bags, folded clothing and furniture.

The report said that Milwaukee has had a 53 percent in bed bug increases.