Posted by: Viktor Mar | 2014 January 17

Worst Bed Bug Cities 2014: Chicago Tops Orkin’s Bed Bug Cities List For Second Year In A Row

 

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For the second year in a row, the Windy City has the unwelcome distinction of being the worst city in the U.S. for bedbugs, according to the just-released report from pest control leader, Orkin.

After surpassing Cincinnati, Ohio to claim last year’s top spot, Chicago’s serious bed bug issue has endured. A release for the study, based on the company’s 2013 data, even calls out the city’s new bed bug ordinance that passed last year.

(See below for the full bed bug rankings)

"Economically, bed bug infestations are also a burden on society," the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has said in a joint statement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "Although the exact dollar amount is not known, the economic losses from health care, lost wages, lost revenue and reduced productivity can be substantial."

While major metro areas are all over this year’s ranking, it may come as a surprise that New York City (quite enviably) doesn’t even crack the top 15. Ohio, on the other hand, dominates early in the list with four of its metro areas taking spots in the top 10.

Several southern cities saw a big jump in 2013 infestations, according to Travelers Today: both Nashville and Nashville, Tenn. and Charlotte, N.C. jumped more than 15 places on the ranking.

 

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