Orkin is out with its annual list of cities ranked by bed bug infestation, at least based on data about where the company performs the most commercial and residential treatment. Albany is dead last among cities, good news for people who live there and do not like bed bugs. Or people who live in bed bug invested cities have somewhere better to go.
The methodology of the Orkin study is shaky:
The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2016 – November 30, 2017. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.
The accuracy of the information assumes several things, the two most important of which are whether people know they have bed bugs and whether they can afford Orkin’s service to eliminate them.
The worst cities, according to Orkin are:
- Los Angeles
- New York
- San Francisco
There is no demographic pattern. It would be hard to make other observations about geography or demography since Orkin has such simple methodology.
Looking toward the future, the news is bad. Dr. Tim Husen, an Orkin entomologist, said:
The number of bed bug infestations in the United States is still rising. They continue to invade our homes and businesses on a regular basis because they are not seasonal pests, and only need blood to survive.
Here is Orkin’s full list of the top 50:
- Washington, D.C.
- Los Angeles (+2)
- Columbus, Ohio
- Cincinnati (+2)
- New York (-4)
- San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
- Dallas-Fort Worth (+5)
- Atlanta (+3)
- Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio (-1)
- Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (-3)
- Richmond-Petersburg, Va. (-5)
- Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va. (+2)
- Charlotte, N.C. (-3)
- Buffalo, N.Y. (-2)
- Knoxville, Tenn.
- Nashville, Tenn. (+1)
- Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (+4)
- Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.-Asheville, N.C.
- Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill. (+4)
- Phoenix (-1)
- Denver (-6)
- Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (+1)
- Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (+5)
- Boston (-4)
- Syracuse, N.Y. (+7)
- Dayton, Ohio (-2)
- St. Louis (+2)
- Seattle (-2)
- Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (+9)
- Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, M.I. (new to list)
- Omaha, N.E. (-6)
- Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa (-2)
- San Diego (new to list)
- Lexington, Ky. (+1)
- Honolulu, Hawaii (+5)
- Louisville, Ky. (-3)
- Las Vegas (+4)
- Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C. (-4)
- New Orleans (new to list)
- Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C. (-9)
- Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (-14)
- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. (new to list)