Chicago has established itself as the No. 1 city on Orkin’s list of the 50 Best Bed Bug Cities of 2022 for the second year in a row, with Philadelphia and New York moving up to second and third place, respectively. These two Northeast cities saw the biggest jumps, with Philadelphia climbing 12 places and New York climbing nine places. Newcomers to the list include Harrisburg, PA at #42 and Lincoln, NE at #50.
Over the past year, as travel has revived in the US, restless Americans – and bed bugs – have been hitchhiking across the country for short vacations. As consumers plan trips in 2022 amid the evolving pandemic, it’s easy to forget that bed bugs are still a major threat. Given the understaffing of the hospitality industry, bed bug introductions may not be monitored as often as desired, so careful investigation is essential.
The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2020 to November 30, 2021. The ranking includes both domestic and commercial treatments.