Alright, bed bugs – pack your bags and book your tickets, because we have the 10 hottest destinations for you and your whole family. These are the cities with the most bed bug infestations in 2014, according to data gathered from Orkin, Terminix, and our own customer analytics here at Bed Bug Supply.
10. Dallas, Texas
The thriving commercial district in Dallas attracts professionals from around the world year-round, making the coming and going of hitchhiking bed bugs all the easier. Dallas has slipped from the 9th position in our list last year, but that’s not much comfort to the many Texans dealing with the threat.
9. Atlanta, Georgia
More than 200,000 passengers come in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson every day, and some are bound to leave behind bed bugs from wherever they flew in from. 90-degree summer days and a strong urban density makes it easy for traveling bugs to find a new home… and a new meal. Atlanta was #10 in last year’s list, but has switched places with Dallas due to a climbing rate of infestation on the East Coast.
8. Cincinnati, Ohio
Ohio cities are frequent guests to our top bed bug cities lists, and this year is no different. Starting off the series is Cincinnati at number 8, which is a fair drop down from its 5th position last year. Cincinnati is home to one of the most chemically resistant strains of bed bugs, the infamous Cincinnati strain, which is now found all over the country.
7. Los Angeles, California
The West Coast’s largest city is no stranger to our top 10 list, but it’s slipped quite a bit from its previous rank at #3. Hot and dry desert climates combined with a dense and sprawling urban population makes it easy for bed bugs to drink their fill.
6. Detroit, Michigan
Detroit topped our list in 2012 and has been slipping since, possibly due to other cities seeing the same increase of infestations in more recent years. Detroit’s neighbors, Columbus and Chicago, mean that the bed bug concentration in the Great Lakes region is especially high.
5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia has been a roller coaster entry in our lists – The City of Brotherly Love was #5 in 2012 but fell off the list completely a year later, only to reappear again in this 5th seat.
4. Dayton, Ohio
The second Ohio city on this year’s list is the only one to have never made it on our list before. Its close proximity to the Cincinnati metro area means that Dayton shares many commuters and travellers, who may bring bed bugs home from their work or public transit method.
3. New York, New York
“Bed bugs” is now considered a taboo word in the Big Apple, rarely uttered in public. After years of dealing with infestations at home and in public places, New Yorkers are smart to take preventative steps so that they don’t help the city retake its previous rank at #2.
2. Columbus, Ohio
The capital and largest city in Ohio is also home to the highest rate of the state’s bed bug infestations, with some professionals reporting daily cases. Reports have more than doubled in the last two years, which is why Columbus graduated to the #2 position from its previous home at #4 in 2012.
1. Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is king again, but this is a crown its 3 million residents could do without. The top bed bug city for the second year in a row, and a top-5 city for even longer than that, Chicago is home to more bed bug infestations than anywhere else in the Midwest due to its extremely busy airport and vibrant commercial environment.
It’s important to note that bed bug infestations can happen anywhere, even in suburbs or rural areas. They happen to be more prevalent in cities due to the higher amounts of apartment complexes and public transit use. Whether your town is on this list or not, you should be prepared and take preventative measures all the same.