By Nora Tooher
The Cleveland metro area has the dubious distinction of being the sixth most bedbug-infested city in the country.
The Cleveland-Akron-Canton area inched up two spots from the previous year, when it was No. 8 in the annual rankings compiled by Orkin, the pest control company.
The list ranks the cities by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2013.
Three other Ohio metros were among the top 10 bedbug Cities: columbus, No. 3, up from No. 6 the year before; Cincinnati, No. 5 and Dayton, No. 7, up four notches from the previous year.
Chicago was the top bedbug city in the nation for the second year in a row. The Windy City's bed bug problem was serious enough that the City Council passed an ordinance last July requiring condo associations to have a formal management plan in place for the detection, inspection and treatment of the pests.
Major cities that crept higher on the list from 2012 to 2013 included Nashville, Tenn., which moved up 17 spots, and Charlotte, N.C., which climbed 18 spots. Other cities that made notable leaps up the list include Champaign/Springfield, Ill., No. 35, up 13 points; Pittsburgh, No. 24, up 12 points and Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C., No. 36, up 11 points.
On the other end of the spectrum, Omaha, Neb., Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo., Lexington, Ky., and Buffalo, N.Y., had significantly fewer calls for bedbug infestations than the previous year.
Of the five new cities to qualify among the 50 most bedbug-infested cities, three are in the Midwest: Toledo, No. 46; Peoria, Ill., No. 47 and Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill., No. 48.
New Orleans and Kansas City took the final two spots on the list as new entries.
On the East Coast, six cities crawled lower on the list, including three cities in New York state: Albany, No. 43, down one spot; Buffalo, No. 38, down 10 spots and New York City, No. 17, down seven spots.