Chicago tops bed bugs list for the 4th year

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago is no. 1 on Orkin's list of top 50 bed bug cities for the fourth year in the row, a list which ranks cities by the number of bed bug treatments the company serviced in 2015.

The list features 14 Midwestern cities, more than any other region. An additional six cities made double-digit jumps on the list compared to 2014, including Washington DC which now ranks third on the list.

Orkin says it treats for bed bugs in all 50 states, and their presence is not necessarily a sign of uncleanliness. In fact, the company says, bed bugs can travel in luggage or other personal belongings - not just beds - to make their way into your home. They recommend checking your home regularly for bed bugs, as well as checking any accommodations when you travel.

The top 50 bed bug cities are:

1. Chicago

2. Los Angeles

3. Washington, D.C.

4. New York

5. Columbus, Ohio

6. Philadelphia

7. Detroit

8. Cincinnati

9. Richmond-Petersburg, Va.

10. Baltimore

11. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

12. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio

13. Dallas-Ft. Worth

14. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose

15. Indianapolis

16. Charlotte, N.C.

17. Houston

18. Denver

19. Atlanta

20. Buffalo, N.Y.

21. Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.-Asheville, N.C.

22. Nashville, Tenn.

23. Phoenix

24. Knoxville, Tenn.

25. Boston-Manchester

26. Milwaukee

27. Dayton, Ohio

28. Seattle

29. Pittsburgh

30. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va.

31. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.

32. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Crk., Mich.

33. Lexington, Ky.

34. Hartford-New Haven, Conn.

35. Charleston-Huntington, W.Va.

36. Omaha, Neb.

37. San Diego

38. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla.

39. Louisville, Ky.

40. St. Louis

41. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa

42. Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill.

43. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

44. Kansas City, Mo.

45. Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Calif.

46. Syracuse, N.Y.

47. Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colo.

48. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.

49. Honolulu

50. Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C.