The Top 50 U.S. Cities For Worst Bedbug Infestations

Bed bugs (aka Cimex lectularius) are small, parasitic insects about the size of “Lincoln’s head on a penny,” and though their sole diet is human and animal blood, they can actually survive for several months without eating, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Though bed bugs can travel more than 100 feet in a single night, they are ordinarily found within about eight feet of a person’s bed.

The pest control company, Orkin recently released the top 50 cities for bed bugs in 2016, that list follows:

1.    Baltimore

2.    Washington, D.C.

3.    Chicago

4.    New York

5.    Columbus, Ohio

6.    Los Angeles

7.    Detroit

8.    Cincinnati

9.    Philadelphia

10. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose

11. Richmond-Petersburg, Va.

12. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

13. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio

14. Indianapolis

15. Dallas-Ft. Worth

16. Atlanta

17. Houston

18. Buffalo, N.Y.

19. Charlotte, N.C.

20. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va.

21. Knoxville, Tenn.

22. Denver

23. Nashville, Tenn.

24. Pittsburgh

25. Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.-Asheville, N.C.

26. Phoenix

27. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich.

28. Boston

29. Milwaukee

30. Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill.

31. Hartford-New Haven, Conn.

32. Dayton, Ohio

33. Omaha, Neb.

34. Seattle-Tacoma

35. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.

36. Charleston-Huntington, W.Va.

37. St. Louis

38. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa

39. Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C.

40. Syracuse, N.Y.

41. Louisville, Ky.

42. Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C.

43. Lexington, Ky.

44. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla.

45. Kansas City, Mo.

46. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

47. Salt Lake City, Utah

48. Honolulu, Hawaii

49. Las Vegas

50. Portland, Ore.

Orkin gives the following tips on identifying a bed bug infestation in your home:

Seeing the bugs. Adult bed bugs are about the shape and size of an apple seed.

-Case skins. As the juvenile bugs grow, they shed their skins, discovery of which can indicate their presence.

-Defecation. After feeding, bed bugs return to their harborage to hide where they defecate black to brown stains on porous surfaces or black to brown mounds on nonporous surfaces.

Bites also may indicate bed bug activity, but further signs will need to be found, since other sources can cause red welts on the skin.
Interestingly enough, bed bugs were virtually non-existent in the developed world, until fairly recently. In fact, the number of reported bed bug infestations in New York City alone, rose from 500 in 2004 to an incredible 10,000 in 2009, as reported by TIME Magazine in 2010.
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Dave Gibson
Dave Gibson has worked as a freelance writer for many years, covering immigration, politics and crime. He once made a living working on Republican campaigns, and has served as a legislative aide to a Va. state senator. He is a frequent contributor to several radio shows, including the Talk Back w/Chuck Wilder Show.