BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore tops this year’s list from the Orkin extermination company of cities with the most beg bug infestations.

In the six years Orkin has released the bed bug city rankings, this is the first time Baltimore has made the top five, moving up nine spots since last year. Chicago held the top ranking for four straight years.

Four other metro regions — Las Vegas, Portland, Salt Lake City and Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem — made the list for the first time this year.

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016.

The ranking, seen below, includes both residential and commercial treatments. The numbers next to the cities indicate how many spots they have moved up or down on the list since last year.

  1. Baltimore (+9)
  2. Washington, D.C. (+1)
  3. Chicago (-2)
  4. New York
  5. Columbus, Ohio
  6. Los Angeles (-4)
  7. Detroit
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Philadelphia (-3)
  10. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (+4)
  11. Richmond-Petersburg, Va. (-2)
  12. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (-1)
  13. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio (-1)
  14. Indianapolis (+1)
  15. Dallas-Ft. Worth (-2)
  16. Atlanta (+3)
  17. Houston
  18. Buffalo, N.Y. (+2)
  19. Charlotte, N.C. (-3)
  20. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va. (+10)
  21. Knoxville, Tenn. (+3)
  22. Denver (-4)
  23. Nashville, Tenn. (-1)
  24. Pittsburgh (+5)
  25. Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.-Asheville, N.C. (-4)
  26. Phoenix (-3)
  27. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (+5)
  28. Boston (-3)
  29. Milwaukee (-3)
  30. Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill. (+12)
  31. Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (+3)
  32. Dayton, Ohio (-4)
  33. Omaha, Neb. (+3)
  34. Seattle-Tacoma (-6)
  35. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (-4)
  36. Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (-1)
  37. St. Louis (+3)
  38. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa (+3)
  39. Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C. (+11)
  40. Syracuse, N.Y. (+6)
  41. Louisville, Ky. (-2)
  42. Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C.
  43. Lexington, Ky. (-10)
  44. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla. (-6)
  45. Kansas City, Mo. (-1)
  46. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (-3)
  47. Salt Lake City, Utah
  48. Honolulu, Hawaii
  49. Las Vegas
  50. Portland, Ore.

“We have more people affected by bed bugs in the United States now than ever before,” says Orkin Entomologist and Director of Technical Services Ron Harrison, Ph.D., adding that bed bugs are a growing issue. “They were virtually unheard of in the U.S. 10 years ago,” he says.

“Anyone can get bed bugs in their home. They are not a sign of uncleanliness. Bed bugs only need blood to survive. We have treated for bed bugs in everything from million dollar homes to public housing.”

Bed bugs can be difficult to detect and treat because of their small size and ability to survive up to a year without feeding. They are about the size of an apple seed when fully grown, and can hide around seams of a mattress, behind headboards and in cracks and crevices, usually within a five-foot radius of the bed. The first signs of a bed bug infestation are often the bed bugs themselves or small dark stains bed bugs can leave behind.

“People may have bed bugs and not know it, because many people have no physical reaction to bed bug bites,” Harrison says. “That’s why it’s important for people everywhere to inspect for bed bugs regularly.”

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Comments (38)
  1. Mark Mullins says:

    No surprise, there are a lot of parasites in DC.

  2. video too fast to read. blacks seem to have the most bedbigs.

  3. This is a surprise? It shouldn’t be. DC is riddled with dirty rag heads and mid easterners who seem to thrive on bugs.

    1. Oh Anne, bed bugs are found everywhere including the cleanest richest homes in America. It has NOTHING to do with “rag-heads” or ” mid easterners”. Your comment is ignorant just like you are!

  4. Don Rhudy says:

    The really bad ones are in the White House and Congress. After that, every business in D.C., District of Corruption, that lives off taxpayer money. If you don’t understand that, there would be no businesses there if it were not for the taxes of the rest of us. D.C. is filled with bugs, bed bugs and leaches.

  5. Suibne Geilt says:

    The Romans moved Rome….That simple…..Move DC…..nice spot just north of Columbus Ga. Warmer….People are nicer….Less expensive…..Move the whole thing.

  6. Ecorader has bed bug killer…works well

  7. Don Rhudy above nailed it. The nastiest parasite of all is trying to start a war with Russia before he gets removed.

  8. Dale Jeffers says:

    Ten years ago little bed bug infestation. And no one will state the real cause – the importation of the third-world into America who bring filth, disease, squalor, etc., into our country.

    1. You could not be more wrong. Bed bugs are found in the cleanest richest homes in America. You comment is plain ignorant, just like you are!

  9. DC is also the worst city for welfare parasites.

  10. Joe Schultz says:

    It’s no wonder; D.C. has been a garbage dump for the last 8 years…

  11. Jack Steffen says:

    Nobody dares even whisper this but the real reason for the bedbug infestation are the unchecked, unvetted, illegal migrants coming over our southern border. They reached a critical mass about ten years ago, about the same time as the bedbug infestations started.

    1. Yo Jack Steffen, you could NOT be more wrong. Bed bugs are found everywhere including the cleanest richest homes in America. Your comment like you is just plain ignorant.

  12. It used to be when you laid down with dogs you got fleas.

  13. Washington, DC is also the vermin capital of the US. It has by far the worst infestation of liberals.

  14. Jeff Weber says:

    I understand the Trumps are going to have Orkin ‘tent’ the White House as soon as the owebama’s vacate.

  15. jasonn13 says:

    Lots of vermin in DC and not all of it has six legs. Time to spray that entire town.

  16. If you have high populations of democrats you will have bedbugs and other parasites of the sucking and leaching nature,somehow they seem to go hand in hand.