For the third year in a row, Asheville placed in Orkin’s list of the top-50 cities in the U.S. that have the biggest bed bug infestations.
However, the city did take a bite out of the problem this year, dropping 11 spots down the list, from ranking the 36th worst city in 2013 to the 47th worst in 2014.
The ranks are determined by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed throughout the year. For the sake of this list, Asheville is bunched in with Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C. so the ranking may be unfairly weighted by those cities, which lie about an hour south. Orkin does not break down the results between the three cities.
Chicago, Il topped Orkin’s national list for the third year in a row.
Bed bugs are not known to spread human disease like many other pests, but can leave itchy, bloody welts on skin. For more on Orkin’s list as well as the its suggestions for detecting and preventing the pests, visit the company’s website here.