Myrtle Beach makes Orkin's list of top 50 bed bug cities

Myrtle Beach makes Orkin's list of top 50 bed bug cities

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach has once again make Orkin's list of Top Bed Bug cities, but just barely – the city came in at number 50 of 50 in the annual list, dropping five spots from last year.

For the fourth year in a row, Chicago had the dubious honor of topping Orkin's list, which ranks cities by the number of bed bug treatments the pest control company serviced in 2015 after an inspection verified bed bugs were present, according to a news release from the company. The list includes residential and commercial treatments.

Myrtle Beach was at number 45 last year, and dropped five spots to the last spot on the top 50 list for 2015.

Other cities in the Carolinas that made the list include: Raleigh – Durham at 11, Charlotte at 16, and Charleston at 35.

"Bed bugs are the great hitchhiker of the bug world, and they are very difficult to control without professional help," said Orkin Entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. "Bed bugs can travel in luggage and other personal belongings to enter your home," Harrison said, adding, "They don't just hide in beds – they can be found in furniture, bed posts, rugs and even electrical outlets."

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