Study: Detroit is the 7th most bed bug-infested city in the country

Posted at 9:48 AM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 09:48:28-05

Detroit made the top 10 of the most bed-bug infested cities in the country, according to a new list from Orkin.

The list is based on the number of new bed bug treatments Orkin performed in each metro area from Dec. 1, 2018 to Nov. 30, 2019.

“While bed bugs have not been found to transmit any diseases to humans, they can be an elusive threat to households,” said Chelle Hartzer, an Orkin entomologist. “They are excellent hitchhikers, and they reproduce quickly which make it nearly impossible to prevent bed bugs. Sanitation has nothing to do with where you’ll find them.”

While Detroit came in at number seven, Washington D.C. took the top spot.

Bed bugs, which are typically 4-5 mm in length and red to dark brown in color, can travel from place to place with ease, including luggage, purses and other belongings. Normally nocturnal, bed bugs will come out of hiding to take blood meals from sleeping or quietly resting humans.