Sleep Tight:

Orkin’s 2019 Top Bed Bug Cities

How To Inspect For Bed Bugs

Frequent travelers should be vigilant with bed bugs as they run the risk of spreading them and possibly causing infestations to other locations.

Here’s what to look for:

  1. When you enter your hotel room, place luggage in the bathtub. Since bed bugs can’t climb smooth surfaces, this makes it difficult for them to get in your luggage.
  2. Inspect your accommodations for small black or brown spots on the furniture, sheets, and mattress. There may also be signs can be dead bed bug casings, live pests, or droppings. Use a flashlight or even your mobile phone’s screen to spot bed bug activity.
  3. If there are no signs of bed bug activity, remove your luggage from the bathtub, but keep it elevated off the floor just in case.
  4. When you wake up, reexamine your sheets and pillowcase to ensure no bed bugs are present.
  5. Lastly, when you return home, inspect your luggage again and place your clothes in the dryer on high heat for at least 15 minutes.

How Do You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

Once present in your home, it can be challenging to control bed bug activity. Contact an Orkin pest control specialist to schedule an inspection and customize a plan that’s right for you.

This isn’t a list cities are clamoring to be on. We’ve reviewed the data on residential and commercial bed bug treatments performed in metro areas across the country to rank the top 50 cities with the highest bed bug concentrations.

Taking the top spot for the third year in a row is Baltimore, Maryland. A few first time cities new to the list include Orlando, FL, Lansing, Michigan, and Ft. Wayne, IN with Atlanta and Philadelphia joining the top ten. See the full rankings below:

  1. Baltimore
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Chicago
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Columbus, Ohio
  6. New York (+2)
  7. Cincinnati (-1)
  8. Detroit (-1)
  9. Atlanta (+4)
  10. Philadelphia (+2)
  11. Cleveland-Akron (+3)
  12. San Francisco (-3)
  13. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (+2)
  14. Indianapolis (-3)
  15. Dallas (-5)
  16. Norfolk, Va. (+2)
  17. Richmond, Va. (-1)
  18. Greenville, S.C. (+7)
  19. Charlotte, N.C.
  20. Grand Rapids, Mich. (+3)
  21. Buffalo, N.Y. (-1)
  22. Knoxville, Tenn. (-1)
  23. Nashville, Tenn. (-1)
  24. Champaign, Ill. (+2)
  25. Pittsburg (-1)
  26. Houston (-9)
  27. Denver (+1)
  28. Milwaukee (+1)
  29. Miami (+8)
  30. St. Louis (+5)
  31. Charleston, W.Va.
  32. Lansing, Mich. (new to list)
  33. Syracuse, N.Y.
  34. Phoenix (-7)
  35. Tampa, Fla. (+14)
  36. Greensboro, N.C. (+10)
  37. Omaha, Neb. (+2)
  38. Boston (-6)
  39. Seattle (-3)
  40. Las Vegas (+5)
  41. Orlando, Fla. (new to list)
  42. Davenport, Iowa (new to list)
  43. Hartford, Conn. (-13)
  44. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (-4)
  45. Dayton, Ohio (-11)
  46. Honolulu (-3)
  47. Flint, Mich. (-9)
  48. Ft. Wayne, Ind. (new to list)
  49. San Diego (-8)
  50. Youngstown, Ohio (new to list)