Despite popular belief, you can get bed bugs no matter where you live – clean suburban homes and messy city apartments are both at risk. However, since bed bugs do spread more easily in high population areas, some cities are more susceptible to infestation. Did your city make the top 10?
#10: Denver, Colorado
Rocky mountains and crisp rivers may help keep the locals active, but they don’t protect the Mile-High City from bed bugs. Summer temperatures regularly top 90 degrees in Denver, giving these nasty biters plenty of the warmth they thrive in.
#9: Dallas, Texas
It makes sense that the 9th most populated city would be #9 on the list of bed bug infestation. With over 1 million residents and 100-degree summer days, this corporate metropolis is the perfect place for bed bugs to reproduce and spread.
#8: Washington, DC
Ambassadors beware! Our nation’s capital is packed full of monuments, museums, embassies, and vampiric pests. Tourists flock to DC in the warm, sunny months, and can bring home more than just souvenirs.
#7: Houston, Texas
Texas is hot – hot enough to make the top bed bug cities list twice, that is. The oil capital of the world is home to more than 2 million residents, and its Museum District alone attracts over 7 million visitors a year. Bed bugs love travelling as much as you do, and Houston is a frequent stop in their journeys.
#6: Phoenix, Arizona
This travel hub may have the lowest population density of the cities on this list, but it has one of the hottest summers; daytime temperatures average a whopping 106-degree high in July! Rapid development over the past decade have led to sprawling apartment complexes, making it easy for bed bugs to spread from host to host.
#5: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philly is the 5th most populated city in the Union, and the 5th most infested city as well. With the tourism abound in the city of soft pretzels and the Liberty Bell, bed bugs always have a way to ride to their next nesting ground.
#4: Columbus, Ohio
The relatively small and quiet Ohio capital is suffering from quite the outbreak in bed bug activity, with some exterminators reporting as many as 30 to 40 cases a month. This tech up-and-comer has been fighting the spread of bed bugs since early last year, though reports are expected to double this summer.
#3: Chicago, Illinois
The Windy City has one of the coolest summers on this list, but at 80 degrees on average, it’s still just right for bed bug activity. Last year, Orkin named Chicago their number one bed bug city, and while the city council is making efforts to address the problem, local Chicagoans shouldn’t expect these crawly critters to slow down anytime soon.
#2: New York, New York
What would Broadway call a bed bug musical… Bugz? We may find out soon, as the Big Apple has been grappling with the pests for years. The infestations peaked at terrifying levels in 2011, but while the threat has leveled a bit since then, visitors and residents alike should be on guard.
#1: Detroit, Michigan
Warm summers, crowded population, and a thriving corporate industry makes Motown the perfect breeding ground for bed bugs. While the population has declined in recent years, traveling professionals keep the critters coming and going, and they are sure to spread through the 313’s dense main streets and neighborhoods.