Report: Cincinnati among worst cities for bed bugs


    Cincinnati is among the cities crawling with the most bed bugs in the entire country (MGN/CDC/Harvard University, Dr. Gary Alpert)

    CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Cincinnati is among the cities crawling with the most bed bugs in the entire country, according to a new list.

    Orkin, a pest control company, ranked Cincinnati seventh out of the top 50 cities for the blood-sucking pests, checking in right behind New York and ahead of Detroit.

    Baltimore, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, and Columbus, Ohio made up the top five.

    Orkin analyzed its own data on where it performed the most bed bug treatments from Dec. 2017 to Nov. 2018 to compile the rankings. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

    “Bed bugs are the number one urban pest in many cities today,” said Chelle Hartzer, an Orkin entomologist, in a release from Orkin. “Sanitation has nothing to do with prevention: from public transit to five-star resorts, bedbugs have been and can be found everywhere humans are.”

    According to the 2018 “Bugs without Borders Survey” by the National Pest Management Association, 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).

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