Chicago Tops Bedbug List for Fourth Straight Year: Report

  
January 13, 2016 | NBC Chicago

Bedbugs have apparently taken up a long-term residency in Chicago based on a new report from pest control company Orkin.Chicago topped Orkin’s “Top 50 Bed Bug Cities” list for the fourth year in a row. In all, fourteen cities in the Midwest made the list, more than any other region, according to Orkin. The pests were spotted in multiple cities in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky.

The list includes both residential and commercial treatments.

Orkin Entomologist Ron Harrison called bedbugs “the great hitchhikers of the bug world” in a news release issued by the company. “Bed bugs can travel in luggage and other personal belongings to enter your home,” Harrison wrote. “They don’t just hide in beds – they can be found in furniture, bed posts, rugs and even electrical outlets.”

Here is the complete list of the top bedbug cities, according to Orkin:

1. Chicago

2. Los Angeles (+2)

3. Washington, D.C. (+11)

4. New York (+14)

5. Columbus, Ohio (-2)

6. Philadelphia

7. Detroit (-5)

8. Cincinnati (-1)

9. Richmond-Petersburg, Va.

10. Baltimore (+21)

11. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (+6)

12. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio (-7)

13. Dallas-Ft. Worth (-7)

14. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (+2)

15. Indianapolis (-4)

16. Charlotte, N.C. (+14)

17. Houston (-5)

18. Denver (-10)

19. Atlanta (+6)

20. Buffalo, N.Y. (+6)

21. Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.-Asheville, N.C. (+26)

22. Nashville, Tenn. (+1)

23. Phoenix (+9)

24. Knoxville, Tenn. (+10)

25. Boston-Manchester (+4)

26. Milwaukee (-11)

27. Dayton, Ohio (-17)

28. Seattle (-15)

29. Pittsburgh

30. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va.

31. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.

32. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Crk., Mich. (-12)

33. Lexington, Ky. (-9)

34. Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (+3)

35. Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (-16)

36. Omaha, Neb. (-15)

37. San Diego (+2)

38. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla.

39. Louisville, Ky. (-17)

40. St. Louis (+6)

41. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa (-6)

42. Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill. (-4)

43. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (-10)

44. Kansas City, Mo. (-3)

45. Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Calif. (-18)

46. Syracuse, N.Y. (-18)

47. Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colo. (-3)

48. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. (-5)

49. Honolulu (-7)

50. Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C. (-5)

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