Illinois Crawling With Bed Bugs, 3 Cities Among Most Infested

Bed bugs, tiny blood-sucking insects that prey on both humans and animals, pose a significant challenge due to their elusive nature and ability to survive for extended periods without feeding. These pests hide in cracks and crevices, making detection and eradication difficult.

Their presence can lead to various health issues such as skin rashes, allergies, and psychological distress. Particularly in urban areas like the United States, where travel and lodging facilitate their spread, bed bugs have become an increasingly prevalent problem.

According to a recent study by Orkin, a leading pest control company, Illinois stands out as one of the states most affected by bed bug infestations, with three of its cities ranking among the top 50 most infested areas in the country.

Chicago: The Bed Bug Capital of the U.S.

Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city with a population exceeding 2.7 million, has earned the dubious distinction of being the bed bug capital, consistently topping Orkin’s list from 2015 to 2020. The city’s dense population and plethora of buildings provide ideal conditions for bed bugs to thrive and proliferate. Moreover, Chicago’s status as a major hub for travelers and tourists increases the risk of unwittingly transporting bed bugs.

Despite efforts to address the issue, including public education campaigns and inspection protocols, Chicago continues to grapple with thousands of complaints and legal actions filed by affected residents and visitors.

Springfield: The State Capital Under Siege

Springfield, Illinois’ capital and sixth-largest city, home to over 114,000 residents, ranks as the 32nd most infested city in the nation according to Orkin’s report. With numerous government buildings, hotels, and historic sites, Springfield attracts visitors and workers from across the state and beyond, inadvertently contributing to the spread of bed bugs.

In recent years, Springfield has witnessed a surge in infestations affecting various public and private establishments, prompting efforts such as pest control initiatives and sanitation standards enforcement.

Rockford: The Third-Worst City in the U.S.

Rockford, the state’s fifth-largest city with a population exceeding 145,000, ranks as the third-worst city for bed bugs in the United States, according to Orkin. Factors such as high poverty and crime rates exacerbate the bed bug problem, with low-income households facing challenges in accessing adequate housing and pest control services.

The city has confronted a severe bed bug crisis, impacting homes, businesses, and public spaces. Initiatives like the formation of a bed bug task force and community outreach programs have been undertaken to combat the issue.


Bed bugs pose a persistent threat, affecting communities across Illinois. Cities like Chicago, Springfield, and Rockford grapple with significant challenges and costs associated with bed bug infestations. While concerted efforts from authorities are crucial, individual awareness and proactive measures are equally essential in combating this pest menace. By working together, Illinois can strive towards becoming a bed bug-free state.

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