Pest control company, ORKIN, put together a list of the top 50 cities in the United States based on an 11-month study. Chicago almost topped the list and near-by Milwaukee wasn't far behind.

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.

Chicago was right after Washington, D.C. (#2) and Baltimore (#1). Don't think a short drive to Milwaukee is much better - they're on the list at #29.

Rockford didn't make the 'top 50' list but has had 10 reports of beg bugs at Rockford hotels/motels since 2015 and recently as a year ago at Baymont Inn and Suites on N. Lyford Road. says five other hotels/motels received complaints since 2015.

  • Holiday Inn ROCKFORD(7550 East State Street)
  • Residence Inn Rockford (7542 Colosseum Drive)
  • Super 8 Rockford (7646 Colosseum Drive)
  • Extended stay America (653 Clark Drive)
  • Travel Inn (4850 E. State Street)
  • More Reported Hotels

There have been no bedbug reports, according to BBR, since 2017.

The article from ORKIN sites a study indicating the most bed bug activity occurring in apartments, single-family homes, and hotels (or motels). Surprisingly, cleanliness isn't always the problem. Here's more info from ORKIN.

Bed bugs are always in motion. They travel from place to place with ease, including luggage, clothing and other belongings.

“Any type of home is prone to bud begs. It has nothing to do with sanitation. We have treated for bed bugs everywhere, from newly built upscale homes to public housing,”

Bed bugs aren't anything to mess around with. If you find them in your home act fast and take the proper steps to eliminate them. ORKIN shared tips on how to search and prevent bed bugs at home and what to do in hotel rooms.

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