The Windy City is settling in as the #1 city on Orkin’s Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List for the third year in a row. Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia hold onto the top three spots, ranking first, second and third, respectively. Los Angeles saw the largest jump this year, moving up seven spots into the Top Five, with Cleveland (#4) and Raleigh (#20) each moving up the list by four spots.

Charlotte did make the list. It came in at number 14.

Typically, bed bugs are 3/16 inch long, red to dark brown in color, and are mostly nocturnal insects that come out of hiding to take blood meals from sleeping humans. These pests are hematophagous, which means blood is their only food source. They can travel from place to place with ease, clinging to items such as luggage, purses, and other personal belongings.

Top Bed Bug Cities… (According to a new survey by Orkin)

  1. Chicago

  2. New York

  3. Philadelphia

  4. Cleveland-Akron, OH

  5. Los Angeles

  6. Detroit

  7. Indianapolis

  8. Baltimore

  9. Washington, D.C.

  10. Columbus, OH

  11. Champaign, IL

  12. Grand Rapids, MI

  13. Cincinnati

  14. Charlotte

  15. Denver