Orkin put together a list of the top 50 bed bug cities in the United States. They based their findings on the number of residential and commercial treatments they serviced from January – December 2015. This was also based on inspections that Orkin conducted. Four years in a row Chicago has appeared at the top of the list.
1. Chicago, Illinois
2. Los Angeles, California
3. Washington, D.C.
4. New York
5. Columbus, Ohio
6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7. Detroit, Michigan
8. Cincinnati, Ohio
9. Richmond, Virginia-Petersburg, Virginia
10. Baltimore, Maryland
11. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
12. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio
13. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
14. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, California
15. Indianapolis, Indiana
16. Charlotte, North Carolina
17. Houston, Texas
18. Denver, Colorado
19. Atlanta, Georgia
20. Buffalo, New York
21. Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina – Asheville, North Carolina
22. Nashville, Tennessee
23. Phoenix, Arizona
24. Knoxville, Tennessee
25. Boston-Manchester, Massachusetts
26. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
27. Dayton, Ohio
28. Seattle, Washington
29. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
30. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Virginia
31. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida
32. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Crk., Michigan
33. Lexington, Kentucky
34. Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut
35. Charleston-Huntington, West Virginia
36. Omaha, Nebraska
37. San Diego, California
38. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Florida
39. Louisville, Kentucky
40. St. Louis, Missouri
41. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa
42. Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Illinois
43. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
44. Kansas City, Missouri
45. Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, California
46. Syracuse, New York
47. Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colorado
48. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
49. Honolulu, Hawaii
50. Myrtle Beach-Florence, South Carolina
This is just a list of the top 50 cities in the US. Bed bugs are found in all 50 states, so no one is immune to these little blood sucking insects. If you are a resident of one of the following cities then you want to make sure you know some important facts about cimex lectularius.
- Can lay 500 eggs over a lifetime; 1 – 5 eggs a day.
- Can survive more than a year without consuming blood.
- Can survive in various temperatures, from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Suck blood for 5 minutes and then they go hide to digest it in peace.
- Get fat because they can take in 7 times their own weight in human blood. This is equal to an normal sized male ingesting 120 gallons of fluid.
Article Source: Orkin