Week after week, fellow editor Johnny Stonebraker keeps surprising me with the obscure and the zany.  This time around, I think I’ve bested his series of “Cringe-Worthy” posts with something that might just make your skin crawl:  Bed Bugs.

Channel 5 is reporting that Chicago has the dubious distinction of topping Orkin’s list of “Top 50 Bed Bug Cities” list for the fourth year in a row.  The fourth year in a row!  Think about that the next time you book an AirBnB stay or worse, let a stranger book your place.  AAAHHH!!!  The thought of these things, crawling around your body, feasting on your blood or the blood of your loved ones, draining you night after night.  OK, I can’t go on.  I have a sudden urge to clean my keyboard; it’s been at least 48 hours since the last cleaning.  How did we let ourselves get so dirty?

Orkin based its findings on the number of bedbug treatments employees conducted between January and December of 2015, according to the pest control company. The list includes both residential and commercial treatments.

The top five cities on the list includes:

  1. Chicago
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. New York
  5. Columbus, Ohio

See the full list and complete cringe-worthy story over at NBC Chicago and remember, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.