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Ewww, gross! St. Louis is a national leader — in bed bugs.

This file photo provided by Virginia Tech Department of Entomology shows mother and child bed bugs.
This file photo provided by Virginia Tech Department of Entomology shows mother and child bed bugs. AP

It’s a list we don’t want to be on, but Greater St. Louis is beating Atlanta, San Diego and a lot of other cities.

St. Louis is ranked No. 16 in the country for bed bug infestations, according to numbers released by Terminix on Thursday.

The company based its assessment on the number of service calls in the first half of 2017.

Terminix says the critter has been increasing since the 1990s, an assessment entomologist Kenneth Haynes agreed with in a Scientific American article. Haynes said bed bugs are not specific to humans; and at least 30 percent of humans do not react to bed bug bites.

How to avoid bed bugs:

  • Check hotel rooms with a flashlight when you travel, looking for little brown or red spots similar to an apple seed.
  • Use care when bringing home used furniture.
  • Dry used clothing in medium to high setting when bringing home used clothing.
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