My first and only run in with bedbugs was no joke. I stripped my bed of all the sheets and blankets, inflated my air mattress, placed it on top the bed, put a blanket on top of that, kept the lights on, and then slept in a sleeping bag on top of this self-made mountain, just so I would feel a little more comfortable at night.

Needless to say, sleep was not had. Half the night, I would spend smacking at bites and bugs that weren’t there. For this reason, it didn’t surprise me to learn that the biggest side-effect of bedbugs was insomnia. Until we had exterminators come out, I slept 1-2 uninterrupted hours, at most, a night.

Enter Orkin, one of the most well-known pest control companies, who began releasing an annual list looking at the most bedbug-riddled cities across the US. This year, Baltimore jumped nine spots to become number one. The info was compiled by looking at their own internal data and seeing where the most cases were logged. Take a look at the list below and see where your city stacks up – then head over to Orkin to read more…

 

  1. Baltimore
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Chicago
  4. New York
  5. Columbus, Ohio
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Detroit
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Philadelphia
  10. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
  11. Richmond-Petersburg, Va.
  12. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
  13. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio
  14. Indianapolis
  15. Dallas-Ft. Worth
  16. Atlanta
  17. Houston
  18. Buffalo, N.Y.
  19. Charlotte, N.C.
  20. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va.
  21. Knoxville, Tenn.
  22. Denver
  23. Nashville, Tenn.
  24. Pittsburgh
  25. Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.-Asheville, N.C.
  26. Phoenix
  27. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich.
  28. Boston
  29. Milwaukee
  30. Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill.
  31. Hartford-New Haven, Conn.
  32. Dayton, Ohio
  33. Omaha, Neb.
  34. Seattle-Tacoma
  35. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.
  36. Charleston-Huntington, W.Va.
  37. St. Louis
  38. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa
  39. Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C.
  40. Syracuse, N.Y.
  41. Louisville, Ky.
  42. Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C.
  43. Lexington, Ky.
  44. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla.
  45. Kansas City, Mo.
  46. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  47. Salt Lake City, Utah
  48. Honolulu, Hawaii
  49. Las Vegas
  50. Portland, Ore.
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Ofo Ezeugwu (@ofoezeugwu) is the CEO & Chieftain of WhoseYourLandlord. He graduated from Temple University (shout out to N. Philly!), where he was the VP of the student body and also the university's youngest alumni convocation speaker ever. He's a Techstars'​ Risingstar, one of BET's #30Under30, a Black Enterprise: Modern Man, and his work has been featured in Newsweek, TechCrunch, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, MSNBC, and more. Ofo is based in NYC/PHL and is also a professional actor and model who's walked in NYFW, been featured on the Today Show six times, and worked with Nike, ESPN, and Alfani. Ofo is also very actively plugged into the community and speaks with local high schools and middle schools on leadership, college planning, entrepreneurship, and life skills. He's a Big in the Big Brothers Big Sisters entrepreneurial program. And, he's also spoken on tech - entrepreneurship - and leadership at prestigious universities and institutions such as The White House, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Penn, Temple, Villanova, etc. He lives by the motto, "No steps backward; just forward progress."