Every year, pest control giant Orkin releases a list of cities in which they deal with the most bed bugs around the country.

Over the last year, with travel picking back up after a year off, Americans are getting out and around - and so are the bed bugs.

If you think about it, with all of the staffing shortages in the hospitality industry, the problem may lay within not having the resources to effectively check rooms for bed bugs.

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On Orkin's 2022 Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List, two Eastern Iowa metro areas were right in the middle.

Again, the list is based on treatment data from the metro areas in which Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2020, to November 30, 2021.

The ranking considers both residential and commercial treatments:

  1. Chicago
  2. Philadelphia
  3. New York
  4. Detroit
  5. Baltimore
  6. Indianapolis
  7. Washington, DC
  8. Cleveland, OH
  9. Columbus, OH
  10. Cincinnati
  11. Grand Rapids, MI
  12. Los Angeles
  13. Champaign, IL
  14. Atlanta
  15. Charlotte, N.C.
  16. Dallas-Ft. Worth
  17. Denver
  18. St. Louis, MO
  19. San Francisco
  20. Pittsburg
  21. Greenville, S.C.
  22. Charleston, W.V.
  23. Flint, MI
  24. Raleigh, N.C.
  25. Norfolk, VA
  26. Richmond, VA
  27. Omaha
  28. Buffalo, N.Y.
  29. Knoxville
  30. Cedar Rapids, IA 
  31. Toledo, OH 
  32. Dayton, OH
  33. South Bend, IN
  34. Nashville
  35. Davenport, IA 
  36. Ft. Wayne, IN 
  37. Youngstown 
  38. Milwaukee
  39. Miami
  40. Tampa
  41. Houston
  42. Harrisburg
  43. Greensboro, N.C.
  44. Seattle
  45. Peoria, IL
  46. Orlando
  47. Lexington, KY
  48. Lansing, MI
  49. Louisville, KY
  50. Lincoln, NE

That's right, folks. Davenport and Cedar Rapids made the list this year, both moving up on the list.

Davenport moved to 35th - three slots higher than last year.

Cedar Rapids rang in at number 30, a definite change from last year's 35.

Check out this video for tips on how to check for bed bugs, and how to identify them.

When you travel, follow these steps:

  • Upon arrival to your hotel room, place your bags in the bathtub.
  • Pull back the sheets and blankets and check the mattress and box springs for evidence of bed bugs. This can appear as the bed bugs themselves, or dark rust-colored spots.
  • Check the other upholstered furniture as well in the same manner. If you see any evidence, contact the hotel staff and ask for a room on the opposite side of the hotel, or ask for your money back and go somewhere else.
  • When you get home, throw your clothes in the dryer for 30 minutes. The heat will kill the bed bugs.

Evidence of bed bugs comes in many easily identifiable forms. Check out this photo shared by a listener who stumbled across some.

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