Michigan Travelers Beware: Orkin Reveals 7 Cities Crawling With Bed Bugs

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Written By Blue & Gold NLR Team

 

 

Bed bugs are tiny insects that feed on blood and can infest your home, causing itchy bites. They’re difficult to eliminate and can travel on your belongings. If you’re traveling to or within Michigan, be cautious as seven cities in the state rank among the worst for bed bugs in the U.S. according to Orkin for 2024.

Which Michigan Cities Have The Worst Bed Bug Problems?

Orkin ranks Detroit (#6), Grand Rapids (#10), Flint (#21), Lansing (#50), Saginaw (#51), Kalamazoo (#52), and Ann Arbor (#53) among the worst bed bug cities in Michigan for 2024. These rankings are based on treatments performed from Dec. 1, 2022, to Nov. 30, 2023. Detroit and Grand Rapids are in the top 10 nationally, while the other cities are new to the list this year.

Why Are Bed Bugs An Issue In Michigan?

Several factors contribute to the high presence of bed bugs in Michigan:

  • High population density and mobility: Urban areas like Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Flint have busy airports, bus stations, and hotels, making it easier for bed bugs to spread.
  • Climate and seasonality: Michigan’s humid continental climate, especially in the summer, provides ideal conditions for bed bug activity.
  • Lack of awareness and prevention: Many people may not know how to identify or prevent bed bugs, allowing infestations to go unreported and spread.

How Can You Prevent And Eliminate Bed Bugs?

To avoid bringing bed bugs into your home or getting bitten:

  • Inspect hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs and keep luggage away from furniture.
  • Wash and dry clothes on high heat after traveling, vacuum luggage, and use a mattress cover at home.
  • Reduce clutter, vacuum regularly, and seek professional pest control if needed.

Conclusion

Bed bugs are a serious problem in Michigan, with seven cities ranking among the worst in the U.S. for 2024. They can cause health issues and financial losses. Being vigilant and following preventive measures can help protect against these pests.

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