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From Windy City to Bed Bug CIty?
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Bed bugs: Chicago's No. 1, Milwaukee 19

Orkin has ranked the top 50 cities with the highest bed bug populations.  The list was compiled in 2012, and our neighbors to the south, Chicago, are sitting at the top of this itch-inducing list (up one spot from its No. 2 position in 2011).  

Milwaukee, on the other hand, landed at No. 19.

Last year, Orkin's parent company, Rollins, which operates eight pest control brands nationwide, saw a nearly 33 percent increase in bed bug business compared to 2011.

"This list shows that bed bugs continue to be a problem throughout the U.S.," said Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison , Ph.D. "Based on the diversity of cities on the list, we all need to be very cautious when we travel—whether it is business or pleasure, or to visit family, friends or vacation. We need to be vigilant wherever we are and take the proper precautions."

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