Whew! For the first time New York City failed to make the list of the nation’s Top 10 Worst Bed Bug Cities. Once considered Ground Zero in the bed bug wars, the Big Apple didn’t even make the top 15 this year, dropping 7 places to come in at #17. Chicago took the top spot on Orkin’s annual worst bed bug cities list, a repeat performance by the Windy City which moved into the top spot last year. Ohio trumped the country with more cities in the Top 10 than any other state. With an unprecedented four cities in the Top 10, every major city in Ohio made the list of Top 50.
If you’re bed bug phobic, here are the cities you’ll want to avoid:
2. Los Angeles
3. Columbus, OH
5. Cincinnati, OH
6. Cleveland/Akron/Canton, OH
7. Dayton, OH
8. Washington D.C.
11. Richmond/Petersburg, VA
12. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, NC
13. Dallas/Ft. Worth
14. Syracuse, NY
17. New York City
19. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
(Click to see the full list of 50 cities on MarketWatch.)
The drop in ranking doesn’t mean that bed bugs have left New York, but it does indicate the city’s consumer education efforts are paying off and that NYC hotel owners, apartment/condo managers and business owners have become smarter about treating and preventing bed bug infestations.