Chicago Ranked Again as Best City in US for Bed Bugs – NBC Chicago

Chicago has claimed first place on Orkin’s 50 Best Bed Bug Cities list for the second year in a row, the pest control company said on Monday.

The company compiled the list based on data from the metropolitan areas where it performed the most bedbug treatments from December 1, 2020 through November 30, 2021, according to a press release.

Philadelphia and New York took second and third place respectively and had the biggest jumps – Philadelphia climbing 12 places and New York nine places on the list.

Along with Chicago, two other Illinois cities were ranked in the top 50 – Champaign, which ranked at No.13, and Peoria, which ranked at No.45.

Bed bugs are red to dark brown in color, can travel easily, and cling to items such as luggage, purses, and other personal effects.

Known for their rapid growth, insects can survive for several months while waiting for their next “blood meal,” making them more likely to emerge when humans are available, Orkin said.

“Bedbugs are a concern for everyone because they are master hitchhikers, coming home with people when they probably don’t realize it,” said Ben Hottel, an entomologist at ‘Orkin, in a press release. “Their nature of hiding in hard-to-find cracks and crevices can make them difficult to control, which is why it is recommended that you involve a trained professional when seeing an introduction.

To avoid bedbugs inside your home, professionals recommend that you specifically check the places they hide during the day such as labels and seams on mattresses, behind baseboards, electrical outlets and picture frames. Additionally, to make insect detection easier, Orkin advises people to reduce clutter. Additionally, it is recommended that you examine used furniture before you bring it back inside your home.

The full list of Orkin bed bug towns is provided below:

  1. Chicago
  2. Philadelphia (+12)
  3. New-York (+9)
  4. Detroit
  5. Baltimore (-3)
  6. Indianapolis (+1)
  7. Washington, DC (-4)
  8. Cleveland, Ohio (-2)
  9. Columbus, Ohio (-4)
  10. Cincinnati (-2)
  11. Grand Rapids, Michigan (-1)
  12. Los Angeles (-3)
  13. Champagne, Illinois (+2)
  14. Atlanta (-1)
  15. Charlotte, North Carolina (-4)
  16. Dallas-Ft. Value
  17. Denver (+3)
  18. Saint-Louis, Missouri (+7)
  19. San Francisco (+3)
  20. Pittsburg (-1)
  21. Greenville, South Carolina (+2)
  22. Charleston, West Virginia (-4)
  23. Flint, MI (-2)
  24. Raleigh, NC (-7)
  25. Norfolk, Virginia (-1)
  26. Richmond, Virginia
  27. Omaha (+3)
  28. Buffalo, New York State (+1)
  29. Knoxville (+7)
  30. Cedar Rapids, IA (+5)
  31. Toledo, Ohio (-4)
  32. Dayton, Ohio (-4)
  33. South Bend, IN (+8)
  34. Nashville (-3)
  35. Davenport, IA (+3)
  36. pi. Wayne, IN (-3)
  37. Youngstown (+3)
  38. Milwaukee (-6)
  39. Miami (+8)
  40. Tampa (-1)
  41. Houston (-4)
  42. Harrisburg (new to the list)
  43. Greensboro, NC (-9)
  44. Seattle
  45. Peoria, Illinois (+4)
  46. Orlando (-1)
  47. Lexington, Kentucky (-4)
  48. Lansing, Michigan
  49. Louisville, Kentucky (-3)
  50. Lincoln, NE (new to list)

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