There are a lot of topics I'd prefer to avoid, but too many people who travel in Missouri need to know this. Did you know that there is one Missouri place that just landed on the nasty 25 top 25 bed bug cities in America and it comes from a source that would know.

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Who would know if a place has bed bugs? Answer - a company who has been hired professionally to do away with them. That's why I pay attention to Orkin's annual list of worst bed bug destinations.

This is what one of these gnarly creatures looks like compared to your toe in bed.

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However, if you zoom in, they look like Godzilla.

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Only one Missouri city ended up in the Orkin top 25 places for bed bugs and that is Saint Louis. But, there is a tiny bit of good news to go along with this. According to the previous ranking from last year, Saint Louis was #18 in America for bed bug infestations. Now, they've fallen to #25. At least there is some improvement if you're trying to view this as a "glass half full" sort of thing.

Don't laugh if you're in Illinois and Missouri's bed bug issues as Chicago is once again #1 for these awful nocturnal attackers. Champaign and Peoria are also top 50 places to avoid if bed bugs freak you out.

The reason why most people shudder at the thought of staying someplace with bed bugs is the fact that they can infest your luggage and then travel with you to your home. Talk about a vacation or weekend getaway completely ruining your month.

These 50 US Cities are Crawling with Bed Bugs

Every year the pest control gurus at Orkin put together a list of the Top 50 Bed Bug Destinations in the United States. Which areas do you travel to that you should take extra care to watch out for these blood-sucking insects? Let's countdown to the most bed-bug-riddled city in the United States.

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow

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