4 Michigan cities ranked among worst for bed bugs in 2022

Four cities in Michigan made Orkin’s list of the 50 Worst Cities for Bed Bugs in 2022, and one even made it into the top five.

Orkin released their annual list of the Worst Cities for Bedbugs, with Chicago “winning” again, followed by Philadelphia and New York, which improved significantly from last year, and then Detroit – in fourth place.

Orkin says the list is based on treatment data from the metropolitan areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2020 to November 30, 2021, and includes both personal and commercial treatments.

The Michigan cities included are: Detroit at No. 4; Grand Rapids in 11th place; Feuerstein at No. 23; Lansing ranks 48th. Ohio had three cities in the top ten, so at least we’re not that bad. (Check the full list here)

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Here’s another thing about Orkin bed bugs:

Usually bed bugs are 3/16 of an inch long, red to dark brown, and are mostly nocturnal insects that come out of hiding to eat blood meals from sleeping people. These pests are hematophagous, which means that blood is their only source of food. You can travel from place to place with ease, clinging to items like luggage, purses, and other personal effects.

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“Bed bugs are a problem for everyone because they are master hitchhikers and travel home with people when they are unlikely to realize it,” said Ben Hottel, an orkin entomologist. “As they hide in hard-to-find cracks and crevices, they can be difficult to control, which is why it is advisable to consult a trained professional when viewing an introduction.”

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Bed bugs are known for their rapid population growth. Females can lay one to five eggs a day and lay 200 to 500 eggs over the course of their lifetime. They can survive for several months while waiting for their next blood meal, so they are likely to show up when a food source, such as humans, becomes available.

“Unfortunately, many hospitality companies are faced with staffing shortages and while the industry remains committed to cleanliness, travelers should watch out for bed bug sightings and be proactive with inspection efforts more than ever,” said Hottel.

Here are proactive tips Orkin recommends to homeowners and travelers to help prevent bed bugs:

At home:

  • Check your home regularly for signs of bed bugs. During the day, check spots, including mattress labels and seams, as well as behind baseboards, headboards, power outlets, and picture frames. Check when you move in, after a trip, when visiting a service employee or after guests have stayed overnight.

  • Reduce the clutter in your home so that it is easier for you to spot bed bugs yourself or during professional inspections.

  • Examine all used furniture before bringing it into your home.

Keep the acronym SLEEP to in mind as you travel check for bed bugs:

  • S.Search the hotel room for signs of an infestation. Look for tiny, ink-colored stains on mattress seams, in upholstered furniture, and behind headboards.

  • L.ift and look into bed bugs hiding places: mattresses, box springs and other furniture, but also behind skirting boards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.

  • E.Lift the luggage off the bed and wall. The safest places are in the bathroom or on shelves.

  • E.Examine your luggage carefully when repacking and after returning from a trip. Always keep luggage away from the bed.

  • P.After your return, lace all of your clothes that are suitable for tumble drying in the tumble dryer for at least 15 minutes on the highest setting.

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