Which Cities Have the Worst Pest Problems?
Digested from “Chicago Tops List of Worst Bed Bug Cities for Third Year”
NBC Chicago (1/21/15)
For the third consecutive year, Chicago topped the list of bed bug cities in the United States. Pest control company Orkin recently released its top 50 cities for bed bugs, based on the number of bed bug treatments performed between January and December 2014. Chicago was follwed on the list by Detroit; Columbus, Ohio; Los Angeles; the Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio area; Dallas-Fort Worth; Cincinnati; Denver; the Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia, area; and Dayton, Ohio, to round out the top 10.
Dallas-Fort Worth experienced the worst increase in treatments year over year, jumping seven places, to No. 6, while bed bug business overall rose 18 percent for Orkin. Chicago areas that had infestation issues included public spaces, such as public-transit vehicles, office buildings, police and fire stations and a movie theater.
Chicago also ranked high on Orkin’s 2013 rodent treatment list, in which the company proclaimed the Second City the “rattiest city” in the United States.