January 22, 2015
Music City has yet again landed on a list that may not let some sleep tight because the bed bugs will bite.
Orkin released its annual Bed Bug Cities List 2014, which ranks the worst cities for bed bugs, and Nashville, the only Tennessee city listed, landed at No. 23 out of 50 cities with those creepy-crawly infestations.
Nashville made its debut on the pest exterminator’s list in 2011 at No. 40, rising 15 spots from the previous year and staying nestled in that ranking for 2012. However, the city jumped 17 spots to No. 23 in 2013 and kept that ranking for 2014.
Although Nashville is the only Tennessee city on the 2014 list, it wasn’t always that way. This is the first year Knoxville exterminated its ranking on Orkin’s list. In the past it has fluctuated between being ranked the No. 38 worst city in 2011, No. 27 in 2012 — its worst ranking — and No. 31 in 2013.
Cities with the worst rankings include Columbus, Ohio, in third place, Detroit as runner-up and Chicago as the bed buggiest city in the nation.