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Study: 4 Michigan cities make list of top bed bug-infested cities in the country

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Posted at 9:50 AM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 10:15:51-05

(WXYZ) — Four Michigan cities are among the most bed bug-infested cities in the United States, according to Orkin's 2019 list of bed bug cities.

Detroit remained high on the Top 50 list at #8, while Grand Rapids claimed the 20th spot. New to the list this year was Lansing at #32 and Flint coming in at #47.

“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.”

The report is based on data from metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from Dec. 1, 2017 to Nov. 30, 2018. Both residential and commercial treatments are included.

Here are the top 10 cities:

  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)

Click here to see the full list.