Report: St. Louis, Chicago among top-30 worst US cities for bed bugs

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments in a 12-month period.

Sam Masterson
January 14, 2020 - 2:54 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - For the second year in a row, both St. Louis and Chicago find themselves in the top-30 of "Orkin’s Top 50 Bed Bug Cities" list. 

The annual list was released by the pest control company this week and has St. Louis at No. 28 and Chicago at No. 3. 

Chicago was in the same spot last year, but St. Louis moved up two spots. 

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2018 – November 30, 2019. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments, according to Orkin.

The blood-sucking bugs are usually 4-5 mm in length and red to dark brown in color. To avoid getting them in your bed, Orkin recommends decreasing clutter in your home, wash and dry your bed linens often, using the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric, and to inspect your residence regularly.

Tell-tale signs of a bed bug introduction could include small black spots indicating bed bug feces or nymph bed bugs in places such as mattress seams, bed frames and furniture. Their small size and ability to hide make them difficult to see during the day, so it’s important to look for the black, ink-like stains they can leave behind.

According to the 2018 “Bugs without Borders Survey” by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), the top three places where pest professionals report finding bed bugs are single-family homes (91 percent), apartments/condominiums (89 percent) and hotels/motels (68 percent).

“While bed bugs have not been found to transmit any diseases to humans, they can be an elusive threat to households,” said Chelle Hartzer, an Orkin entomologist. “They are excellent hitchhikers, and they reproduce quickly which make it nearly impossible to prevent bed bugs. Sanitation has nothing to do with where you’ll find them.”

Here's the full ranking from Orkin:

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