Orkin ranks top 50 US cities for bed bugs

By |  January 9, 2018

Orkin released its Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list, ranking Baltimore No. 1 for the second consecutive year.

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“The number of bed bug infestations in the United States is still rising,” says Dr. Tim Husen, an Orkin entomologist. “They continue to invade our homes and businesses on a regular basis because they are not seasonal pests, and only need blood to survive,” he says.

New York fell four spots to No. 8, while Dallas-Fort Worth joined the top 10. San Diego and Albany rejoined the list after falling out of the top 50 in 2017, New Orleans and Flint, Mich., joined the list for the first time ever, and Orlando fell off the 2018 list.

The markets are ranked based on the number of bed bug treatments the company performed between Dec. 1, 2016 and Nov. 30, 2017. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

  1. Baltimore
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Chicago
  4. Los Angeles (+2)
  5. Columbus, Ohio
  6. Cincinnati (+2)
  7. Detroit
  8. New York (-4)
  9. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
  10. Dallas-Fort Worth (+5)
  11. Indianapolis
  12. Philadelphia
  13. Atlanta (+3)
  14. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio (-1)
  15. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (-3)
  16. Richmond-Petersburg, Va. (-5)
  17. Houston
  18. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va. (+2)
  19. Charlotte, N.C. (-3)
  20. Buffalo, N.Y. (-2)
  21. Knoxville, Tenn.
  22. Nashville, Tenn. (+1)
  23. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (+4)
  24. Pittsburgh
  25. Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.-Asheville, N.C.
  26. Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill. (+4)
  27. Phoenix (-1)
  28. Denver (-6)
  29. Milwaukee
  30. Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (+1)
  31. Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (+5)
  32. Boston (-4)
  33. Syracuse, N.Y. (+7)
  34. Dayton, Ohio (-2)
  35. St. Louis (+2)
  36. Seattle (-2)
  37. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (+9)
  38. Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, M.I. (new to list)
  39. Omaha, N.E. (-6)
  40. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa (-2)
  41. San Diego (new to list)
  42. Lexington, Ky. (+1)
  43. Honolulu, Hawaii (+5)
  44. Louisville, Ky. (-3)
  45. Las Vegas (+4)
  46. Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C. (-4)
  47. New Orleans (new to list)
  48. Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C. (-9)
  49. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (-14)
  50. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. (new to list)

 

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