Chicago took the top spot, followed by New York
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Orkin is out with its annual list of the top bed bug cities and Philadelphia has dropped down a rank for 2024.
Chicago took the top spot for the third straight year. New York moved into the number two spot, where Philadelphia ranked last year - putting Philadelphia at number three.
The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments between Dec. 1, 2022 - Nov. 30, 2023, and includes both residential and commercial bed bug treatments.
Known for rapid population growth, female bed bugs can deposit one to five eggs a day and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in their lifetime, according to Orkin. They can survive for several months while waiting for their next blood meal, so they're likely to emerge the moment a food source, like humans or animals, becomes available.
See full list of Orkin's 2024 worst cities for bed bugs.