Three Nebraska Cities Are Among the State’s Bedbug-infested Cities

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Written By Michael Hack

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Nebraska, known for its vast cornfields, friendly people, and strong agricultural economy, is facing a growing concern – the rise of bedbug infestations in several of its major cities. According to recent surveys and rankings, three cities in particular are among the most bedbug-infested places in the state. In this blog post, we’ll explore the impact of these pests on Nebraska’s communities and what residents can do to prevent and manage bedbug problems.

Omaha: A Rising Concern

Omaha, Nebraska’s largest city, has seen a significant increase in bedbug infestations in recent years. In 2024, Omaha ranked 27th on Orkin’s list of the top 50 bedbug-infested cities in the nation. This marks a jump from 35th place in 2023 and 39th in 2019, indicating a worrying trend. As a major hub for business and tourism, Omaha’s high population density and constant influx of visitors make it particularly vulnerable to bedbug introductions.

Lincoln: Creeping Up the Rankings

Lincoln, Nebraska’s capital and second-largest city, is also facing a growing bedbug problem. Although not yet in the top 50 nationwide, Lincoln has been steadily creeping up the rankings, with the Daily Nebraskan reporting that the city “creeps onto Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list”. As the home of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln’s large student population and dense housing make it an ideal environment for bedbug infestations to spread quickly.

Bellevue: A Suburban Struggle

Bellevue, a suburb of Omaha, is the third Nebraska city to be highlighted as a bedbug hotspot. While not mentioned in the national rankings, Bellevue’s proximity to Omaha and its own growing population make it vulnerable to the spread of these pests. As residents move between the two cities for work, school, and leisure, they can inadvertently transport bedbugs from one location to another.

Preventing and Managing Bedbug Infestations

To combat the growing bedbug problem in Nebraska, residents and businesses must take proactive measures to prevent and manage infestations. Some key steps include:

  • Regularly inspecting for signs of bedbugs, such as small blood stains on bedding or the presence of the insects themselves
  • Washing and drying bedding, clothing, and linens at high temperatures to kill any bedbugs or eggs
  • Vacuuming frequently, especially in cracks and crevices where bedbugs can hide
  • Reducing clutter and eliminating potential hiding spots for bedbugs
  • Contacting a professional pest control company at the first sign of an infestation


The rise of bedbug infestations in Nebraska’s major cities is a cause for concern, but it is not an insurmountable problem. By working together as a community to raise awareness, implement preventive measures, and respond quickly to infestations, Nebraska can combat these pests and maintain a high quality of life for its residents. With vigilance and a commitment to cleanliness, Nebraska’s cities can reclaim their reputation as safe, comfortable places to live, work, and visit.

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