Michigan Has a Lot of Bed Bugs… Including Grand Rapids
Every year, Orkin releases their 'Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List' and let's just say the Mitten State was crawling with bed bugs last year.
The results are
...based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2016 – November 30, 2017. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.
Based on this, Detroit ranked #7 out of 50, the same ranking it received in 2016. So while *technically* things didn't get worse in Detroit... it did for Grand Rapids and the west side of the state. Moving up four spots from the year prior, Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek came in at #23. And for the first time EVER, Flint-Saginaw-Bay City made the list at #38.
What's happening here? Why are bed bugs taking over?! Dr. Tim Husen, an entomologist with Orkin, states that these pests continue to rise in the U.S. because they are constantly moving (not seasonal) and only need blood to survive. Not to mention these bloodsuckers populate like crazy! An adult female lays 2-5 eggs per day.
So what can you do to prevent, or at least minimize the chance of, getting bed bugs? Orkin has a helpful section which includes things you can do at home and while you're traveling plus general info and FAQ's about bed bugs.
& just in case you're wondering which cities have it the worst, here's the top 10:
- Washington, D.C.
- Los Angeles (+2)
- Columbus, Ohio
- Cincinnati (+2)
- New York (-4)
- San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
- Dallas-Fort Worth (+5)