Orkin’s 2021 Top Bed Bug Cities

Which cities have the dubious distinction of being home to the most bed bugs? We’ve reviewed the data on residential and commercial bed bug treatments performed in metro areas across the U.S. to rank the top 50 cities with the highest bed bug concentrations.

This year’s biggest upset: Chicago who jumped two spots to surpass Baltimore and Washington, DC, to secure the top spot as the number one city on Orkin’s Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list. Washington, DC fell back down two spots, while Baltimore stayed at the second spot for the second straight year.

We also have Youngstown, OH, South Bend, IN, Lexington, KY, Peoria, IL, and Minneapolis, MN, joining the list this year.

  1. Chicago (+2)
  2. Baltimore
  3. Washington, DC (-2)
  4. Detroit (+3)
  5. Columbus, OH
  6. Cleveland, OH (+5)
  7. Indianapolis (+2)
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Los Angeles (-5)
  10. Grand Rapids, MI (+8)
  11. Charlotte, N.C. (+9)
  12. New York (-6)
  13. Atlanta (-3)
  14. Philadelphia (-2)
  15. Champaign, IL (+1)
  16. Dallas-Ft. Worth (+1)
  17. Raleigh, N.C. (-3)
  18. Charleston, W.V. (+8)
  19. Pittsburgh
  20. Denver (+7)
  21. Flint, MI (+10)
  22. San Francisco (-9)
  23. Greenville, S.C. (-1)
  24. Norfolk, VA (-9)
  25. St. Louis, MO (+3)
  26. Richmond, VA (-5)
  27. Toledo, OH (+23)
  28. Dayton, OH (+21)
  29. Buffalo, N.Y. (-5)
  30. Omaha (+5)
  31. Nashville (-2)
  32. Milwaukee (+1)
  33. Ft. Wayne, IN (+13)
  34. Greensboro, N.C. (-9)
  35. Cedar Rapids, IA (+6)
  36. Knoxville (-13)
  37. Houston (+1)
  38. Davenport, IA (-1)
  39. Tampa (-5)
  40. Youngstown, Ohio (new to list)
  41. South Bend, IN (new to list)
  42. Phoenix (+3)
  43. Lexington, KY (new to list)
  44. Seattle (-1)
  45. Orlando (-9)
  46. Louisville, KY (new to list)
  47. Miami (-15)
  48. Lansing, MI (-18)
  49. Peoria, IL (new to list)
  50. Minneapolis (new to list)


What to Expect From Orkin Bed Bug Service

Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to help prevent an even larger infestation. Our integrated A.I.M. protection process works to assess your home, implement solutions, and monitor any bed bug problems you may face.

At Orkin, we never stop learning from bugs. We use the latest technology and unparalleled training, so we can protect your home with an effective plan suited to your specific needs. Simply put, we have Pest Control Down to a Science®.

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