’50 Bedbug Cities’ list: Find out where DC and Baltimore rank

Bedbugs can be difficult to get rid of — just ask Baltimore and Washington, D.C. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/smuay)

WASHINGTON — For the third year in a row, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. have festered atop a pest control company’s “Top 50 Bedbug Cities” list.

The list, compiled by Orkin, doesn’t count the number of the “normally nocturnal insects that come out of hiding to take blood meals from sleeping or quietly resting humans,” but ranks cities where it performs residential and commercial treatments.

“Bedbugs are the number one urban pest in many cities today,” Chelle Hartzer, an Orkin entomologist, said in a news release. “No one is immune. Sanitation has nothing do with prevention: from public transit to five star resorts, bedbugs have been and can be found everywhere humans are.”

Causing itchy bites, bedbugs are capable of multiplying quickly. An adult female lays two to five eggs per day — up to 500 in her lifetime, according to Orkin.

Adult bed begs are the size of an apple seed and are typically reddish brown. In attempting to determine whether they are present, experts suggest looking for blood stains on pillows and sheets, and inky-black bedbug excrement stains on sheets, mattresses, and bed clothes.

Downtown city skyline, Inner Harbor and marina, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Baltimore is at the top of Orkin’s “50 Bedbug Cities” list. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/tifonimages) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/tifonimages)
A Metrobus makes its way down 16th Street in downtown D.C., Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
No. 2: Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Chicago skyline aerial view at dusk, United States
No. 3: Chicago. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/marchello74) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/marchello74)
High-rises of downtown Los Angeles rise above clouds and mist on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, after an overnight storm that brought rain and mountain snow to Southern California. Rains unleashed debris flows from wildfire-scarred areas of the Santa Monica Mountains that inundated parts of Pacific Coast Highway. (AP Photo/John Antczak)
No. 4: Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John Antczak) (AP/John Antczak)
Evan Miller, 31, finishes up a 6 ½-mile run along the downtown Scioto River in mist and 53 degrees on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. In contrast to other parts of the country, Ohio saw unusually mild temperatures Friday with readings in the 50s for many cities. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
No. 5: Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins) (AP/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
The Empire State Building is a symbol of everything New York City is known for: ambition, innovation, a competitive spirit, and sheer will.

CREDIT: Travelpix Ltd/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images
No. 6: New York City. (Travelpix Ltd/Photographer’s Choice/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
Great American Ballpark, home to Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds, stands on the banks of the Ohio River, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in downtown Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
No. 7: Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (AP/John Minchillo)
FILE - This Nov. 7, 2014 file photo shows the skyline of the city of Detroit. Detroit reached a key step in fiscal redemption on Monday, April 30, 2018, by reclaiming control of its own finances roughly three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
No. 8: Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) (AP/Carlos Osorio)
Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown city skyline.
No. 9: Atlanta. (Getty/Thinkstock) (Getty/Thinkstock)
Demonstrators make their way to downtown on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
NO. 10: Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP)
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Downtown city skyline, Inner Harbor and marina, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
A Metrobus makes its way down 16th Street in downtown D.C., Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Chicago skyline aerial view at dusk, United States
High-rises of downtown Los Angeles rise above clouds and mist on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, after an overnight storm that brought rain and mountain snow to Southern California. Rains unleashed debris flows from wildfire-scarred areas of the Santa Monica Mountains that inundated parts of Pacific Coast Highway. (AP Photo/John Antczak)
Evan Miller, 31, finishes up a 6 ½-mile run along the downtown Scioto River in mist and 53 degrees on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. In contrast to other parts of the country, Ohio saw unusually mild temperatures Friday with readings in the 50s for many cities. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
The Empire State Building is a symbol of everything New York City is known for: ambition, innovation, a competitive spirit, and sheer will.

CREDIT: Travelpix Ltd/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images
Great American Ballpark, home to Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds, stands on the banks of the Ohio River, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in downtown Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
FILE - This Nov. 7, 2014 file photo shows the skyline of the city of Detroit. Detroit reached a key step in fiscal redemption on Monday, April 30, 2018, by reclaiming control of its own finances roughly three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown city skyline.
Demonstrators make their way to downtown on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Here’s the complete “Orkin’s Top 50 Bedbug Cities” list:

  • 1. Baltimore
  • 2. Washington, D.C.
  • 3. Chicago
  • 4. Los Angeles
  • 5. Columbus, Ohio
  • 6. New York (+2)
  • 7. Cincinnati (-1)
  • 8. Detroit (-1)
  • 9. Atlanta (+4)
  • 10. Philadelphia (+2)
  • 11. Cleveland-Akron (+3)
  • 12. San Francisco (-3)
  • 13. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (+2)
  • 14. Indianapolis (-3)
  • 15. Dallas (-5)
  • 16. Norfolk, Va. (+2)
  • 17. Richmond, Va. (-1)
  • 18. Greenville, S.C. (+7)
  • 19. Charlotte, N.C.
  • 20. Grand Rapids, Mich. (+3)
  • 21. Buffalo, N.Y. (-1)
  • 22. Knoxville, Tenn. (-1)
  • 23. Nashville, Tenn. (-1)
  • 24. Champaign, Ill. (+2)
  • 25. Pittsburg (-1)
  • 26. Houston (-9)
  • 27. Denver (+1)
  • 28. Milwaukee (+1)
  • 29. Miami (+8)
  • 30. Louis (+5)
  • 31. Charleston, W.Va.
  • 32. Lansing, Mich. (new to list)
  • 33. Syracuse, N.Y.
  • 34. Phoenix (-7)
  • 35. Tampa, Fla. (+14)
  • 36. Greensboro, N.C. (+10)
  • 37. Omaha, Neb. (+2)
  • 38. Boston (-6)
  • 39. Seattle (-3)
  • 40. Las Vegas (+5)
  • 41. Orlando, Fla. (new to list)
  • 42. Davenport, Ill. (new to list)
  • 43. Hartford, Conn. (-13)
  • 44. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (-4)
  • 45. Dayton, Ohio (-11)
  • 46. Honolulu (-3)
  • 47. Flint, Mich. (-9)
  • 48. Wayne, Ind. (new to list)
  • 49. San Diego (-8)
  • 50. Youngstown, Ohio (new to list)

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