Typical of New England(5 posts)
Boston.com has an article today called
Report: NYC, Philly, Detroit top bedbug list
Typical of these proud old Yankees not to include the facts that Boston has a serious bed bug problem for at least the past four years.
Boston has a bed bug problem like all of the other cities.
I've noticed that every city seems to want to point out that another city has a massive bed bug problem. No one thinks they're #1 or wants to be.
(Only Ohio, for some reason, is claiming it has the worst bed bug issues, and while they're definitely up there, I am not sure we have any way of knowing for sure.)
I don't get it. The article says these rankings are "based on an analysis of call volume reporting bedbug infestations and of confirmed bedbug cases reported by sales professionals in 350 of the company's service centers." Does that mean that they're ranked just by number of cases, or cases per capita? Their entomologist is quoted as saying of Dayton and Louisville that "the bedbug problems in these cities outpace markets of far greater size despite their having a fraction of the population and typically fewer travelers and hotels." So...does that mean they're just going by raw numbers, not rates?
And the call volume/cases reported by Terminix could be expected to vary based on the competition for PCOs in any of the given markets, as well as the advertising the company does and the press the problem gets in the local media. I'm not sure how much can really be concluded from this. (But it seems like that's what we always have to end up saying about any survey.)
As a boston resident, I am dealing with this for a week only but according to bed bug registery i am not alone. I am getting ready to set up a monitor. If i catch something, (after having a nervous breakdown) i may come out of my BB closet and announce it at boston.com with upclose and personal bug pictures and everything :-)...
They conveniently left out that boston is, um, number 11. Not top 10, but not exactly unaffected. Love it.
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