Grand Rapids among worst for bed bugs in 2019

By Ken Haddad

DETROIT - Four Michigan cities rank among the worst in America for bed bugs.

Orkin released their annual list of the worst cities for bed bugs. The 2019 list has some newcomers. 

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2017 – November 30, 2018. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

For Michigan cities:

  • No. 8 - Detroit (No. 7 in 2018)
  • No. 20 - Grand Rapids (No. 23 in 2018)
  • No. 32 - Lansing (Unranked in 2018)
  • No. 47 - Flint (No. 36 in 2018)

“Bed bugs are the number one urban pest in many cities today,” said Chelle Hartzer, an Orkin entomologist. “They are master hitchhikers, so no one is immune. Sanitation has nothing to do with prevention: from public transit to five-star resorts, bed bugs have been and can be found everywhere humans are.” 

Orkin recommends homeowners inspect homes for signs of bed bugs regularly. They add you should check the places where bed bugs hide during the day, including mattress tags and seams, and behind baseboards, headboards, electrical outlets and picture frames., and decrease clutter around your home to make it easier to spot bed bugs on your own or during professional inspections..

In addition, buyers should inspect all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside your home. This is a common way for bed bugs to be introduced into homes.

Te top 50 list of cities with greatest bed bug problems:

1.    Baltimore 

2    Washington, D.C.

 3    Chicago

4.    Los Angeles

5    Columbus, Ohio

6.    New York (+2)

7.    Cincinnati (-1)

8.    Detroit (-1)

9.    Atlanta (+4)

10.    Philadelphia (+2)

20.    Grand Rapids, Mich. (+3

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