Bedbugs infest Minneapolis: The creepy facts
That's the word from Terminix, which based its rankings on the volume of calls to its bug assassins this year.
It's a story that feels better suited to a Depression-era newsreel, because bed bugs were thought to have been largely wiped out by the 1940s with pesticides.
But the little blood suckers are back. Infestation calls, most of them from hotels and motels, have gone up 81 percent since since 2000, according to one study.
For most folks, a bed bug bite is no big deal, no worse that a mosquito bite. For a few others, there can be serious allergic reactions. Either way, you don't want to be sleeping with the critters. They feed at night, crawling out of hiding in a mattress or a chair. They stick you with a snout that injects an anticoagulant, and then snort up your blood.
Itchy yet? There's more. We checked with a website called The Bed Bug Registry, which allows anyone to self-report bed bug infestations both at home and on the road. They map the results.
The Bed Bug Registry maps infestations.
Bed Bug Registry doesn't guarantee the accuracy of the reports. But right now, it lists at least 80 infestations around the state, including in eight hotels, five of which are in the Twin Cities and suburbs. We left messages with a couple of hotels on the list, but haven't heard back from them.
Here's the Terminix Top 15:
- New York City
- Washington. D.C.
- Los Angeles