15 Cities That Bedbugs Love to Call Home

January 15, 2019

For the third year in a row, Baltimore tops the chart for having the highest number of cases of bedbugs, according to the latest annual list from Orkin, a nationwide pest management company. Its list is based on treatment data from Dec. 1, 2017, to Nov. 30, 2018, including both residential and commercial treatments.

“Bedbugs are the number one urban pest in many cities today,” says Chelle Hartzer, an Orkin entomologist. “They are master hitchhikers, so no one is immune. Sanitation has nothing to do with prevention: From public transit to five-star resorts, bedbugs have been and can be found everywhere humans are.”

Bedbugs—about the size of an apple seed and often with a reddish brown appearance—can attach to luggage, purses, backpacks, jackets, and other belongings. At night, these bloodsucking insects like to rest on humans. Bedbugs can multiply quickly.

The top three places pest professionals say they find bedbugs the most are in single-family homes (91%), apartments and condos (89%), and hotels and motels (68%). Hotels spend an average of $6,383 on rectifying a bedbug incident.

The following are the top places for bedbug infestations in 2018, according to Orkin:

1. Baltimore

2. Washington, D.C.

3. Chicago

4. Los Angeles

5. Columbus, Ohio

6. New York 

7. Cincinnati 

8. Detroit 

9. Atlanta 

10. Philadelphia

11. Cleveland-Akron 

12. San Francisco 

13. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. 

14. Indianapolis

15. Dallas