Don’t Want To Let the Bedbugs Bite? Then Avoid These 10 Infested Cities

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Those who hate bedbugs, aka everyone, might want to be careful in the Windy City.

For the fourth year in a row, Chicago was named the worst city for bedbugs, according to a recent report from pest control company Orkin.

Chicago was followed by New York City and Philadelphia nabbing the second and third spots on the list that no city wants the honor of appearing on.

The icky, little bloodsuckers are generally about a quarter-inch long, large enough to be seen with the naked eye. They typically feed on slumbering people and animals at night.

The problem for homeowners is these critters reproduce quickly. Females can deposit up to five eggs a day, and the bugs can survive several months without feeding. They can also attach themselves to bags, such as purses and luggage left in hotel rooms, and move easily to new locations.

“Bedbugs are extremely resilient, making them difficult to control,” Orkin entomologist Ben Hottel said in a statement. “They are excellent at hiding.”

The list was based on the metropolitan areas where Orkin performed the most bedbug residential and commercial treatments from December 2022 through Nov. 30, 2023. (Metros include the main city and surrounding towns, suburbs, and smaller urban areas.)

The metros with the most bedbug problems:

There are steps renters and homeowners can take to keep bedbugs away. Experts recommend folks check for bedbugs in mattress tags and seams and behind baseboards and headboards.

Folks should be careful before purchasing secondhand furniture, inspecting it thoroughly before bringing it inside.

And travelers should make sure not to bring bedbugs home with them. They should look for small, ink-colored stains on mattress seams and in soft furniture and check the mattress, box spring, and furniture for the pests. They can even hide in torn wallpaper.

Folks should also make sure to stash their luggage away from the bed and the walls of hotel rooms, such as in the bathrooms or on counters. When they return home, they can put their clothes in the dryer for 30 to 45 minutes on high to kill the creatures that might have hitched a ride.

“As travel plans ramp up, it’s important that Americans know how to protect themselves through pest identification and proper control,” Hottel said. “Examining any new items before they enter your home will help to catch a bedbug infestation sooner rather than later.”

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