Chicago tops worst cities for bed bugs list for 3rd year in a row

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CHICAGO — Pest control company Orkin released its 2014 Bed Bug Cities List, and Chicago ranked No. 1 for the third year in a row.

Seven cities made double-digit jumps on Orkin’s Bed Bug Cities List compared to 2013, including Omaha, Neb. (+16), Lexington, Ky. (+16), Sacramento, Calif. (+14), Grand Rapids, Mich. (+13), Buffalo, N.Y. (+12), Charleston, W.Va. (+11) and Louisville, Ky. (+10). Several cities also dropped significantly in the past year, including Syracuse, N.Y., San Diego, Miami, Greenville, S.C. and Atlanta. Four cities made the Bed Bug Cities List for the first time including Myrtle Beach, S.C., St. Louis, Bowling Green, Ky. and Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Orkin says that bed bug business increased by 18 percent last year, with nearly half of cities showing a rise in bed bug treatments.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Chicago
  2. Detroit
  3. Columbus, Ohio
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Cleveland – Akron – Canton, Ohio
  6. Dallas – Ft. Worth
  7. Cincinnati
  8. Denver
  9. Richmond – Petersburg, VA.
  10. Dayton, Ohio
  11. Indianapolis
  12. Houston
  13. Seattle – Tacoma
  14. Washington, District of Columbia – Hagerstown, Md.
  15. Milwaukee
  16. San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose
  17. Raleighn – Durham – Fayetteville, N.C.
  18. New York
  19. Charleston – Huntington, W.Va.
  20. Grand Rapids -Kalamazoo – Battle Creek, Mich.
  21. Omaha, Neb.
  22. Louisville,Ky.
  23. Nashville, Tenn.
  24. Lexington, Ky.
  25. Atlanta
  26. Buffalo, N.Y.
  27. Sacramento – Stockton – Modesto, Calif.
  28. Syracuse, N.Y.
  29. Boston – Mancheser
  30. Charlotte, N.C.
  31. Baltimore
  32. Phoenix- Prescott
  33. Miami – Ft. Lauderdale
  34. Knoxville, Tenn
  35. Cedar Rapids – Waterloo – Dubuque, Iowa
  36. Minneapolis – St. Paul
  37. Hartford – New Haven, Conn.
  38. Champaign – Springfield – Decatur, Ill.
  39. San Diego
  40. Lincoln – Hastings – Kearney, Neb.
  41. Kansas City, Mo.
  42. Honolulu
  43. Albany – Schenectady – Troy, N.Y.
  44. Colorado Springs – Pueblo, Colo.
  45. Myrtle Beach – Florence, S.C.
  46. St. Louis
  47. Greenville – Spartanburg, S.C. – Asheville, N.C.
  48. Bowling Green, Ky.
  49. Ft. Wayne, Ind.
  50. Toledo, Ohio

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  • Patrick

    I’ve done a lot of research on bed bugs in 2014. Turns out the Federal government is realizing the scope of the bed bug problem as well even holding conferences and getting leading entomologists to offer fast and effective solutions to a rapidly growing problem. This is a major problem in high population centers with multiple housing units like apartments, because bed bugs will often hide in between the walls or move from room to room in a complex. Feel free to visit my website for more info and good luck!