Secret Site Map
Monday, September 22, 2014

Home News Chicago Tops Orkin's List of 50 Bed Bug Cities

Chicago Tops Orkin's List of 50 Bed Bug Cities

News Coverage

The list released by Orkin ranks the cities by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2013, along with any shift in ranking compared to January to December 2012.

| January 21, 2014

ATLANTA - Chicago tops the 2013 Bed Bug Cities List, released today by Orkin. The Windy City's bed bug problem was serious enough that the City Council passed an ordinance in July 2013 requiring condo associations to have a formal management plan in place for the detection, inspection and treatment of these pests.

in the South, two major cities had the biggest jumps on the list from 2012 to 2013 -- Nashville moved up 17 spots while Charlotte climbed 18 spots. Other cities that made notable leaps up the list include Champaign/Springfield, Ill., Pittsburgh and Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C. On the other end of the spectrum, Omaha, Neb., Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo., Lexington, Ky. and Buffalo, N.Y. settled into significantly lower spots on the list than last year. Of the five new cities on the list, three are in the Midwest -- Toledo, Ohio, Peoria, Ill. and Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill. New Orleans and Kansas City took the final two spots on the list as new entries. On the east coast, six cities took positions lower on the list, including three cities in New York -- Albany, Buffalo and New York City.

Bed bugs continue to bite their way across the country as evidenced by the more than 20 percent increase in Rollins', Orkin's parent company, bed bug business compared to 2012. The nationwide resurgence of the bed bug population prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to release a joint statement in 2012 advising the public of the emerging health issues associated with bed bugs.

"While studies show that bed bugs do not spread disease, the physical and mental health consequences are well documented and of serious public concern," said Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. "Once bed bugs are inside your home or business, they can reproduce quickly and can travel from place to place in personal belongings and even on people. They can also move from place to place on their own, independently of objects."

Because every bed bug scenario is different, it's important for homeowners to call on a professional who can create a solution tailored to their home's needs.

The list released by Orkin ranks the cities by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2013, along with any shift in ranking compared to January to December 2012.

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

Top news

Patented Portable Heat Injector System Introduced

The new heating system was created with significant input from pest control companies.

Stoy Hedges Establishes Consulting Firm

After 25 years at Terminix, Hedges said it was time for a change in his career.

Agri-Turf Distributing Names Lon Records CEO

Records is a familiar face in the industry with a career that dates back to the early 1970s.

Suspect Arrested in Death of Jill Su

Police have arrested Dayont'e Omar Resiles in connection with the death of Su, wife of renowned UF Entomologist Nan-Yao Su, Local 10 News reported.

Australian Mosquito Found in L.A. County, LA Times Reports

An Australian mosquito capable of transmitting viruses to humans and heartworm to dogs was found in the San Gabriel Valley, the LA Times reported.