Detroit is available in sixth on Orkin’s annual ‘High 50 Mattress Bug Cities’ checklist

Detroit comes in 6th on Orkin’s annual ‘Top 50 Bed Bug Cities’ list

Orkin released its annual list of the Top 50 Bed Bug Cities, and Detroit fell two spots to finish sixth.

Grand Rapids, Flint and Lansing were also on the list. Orkin ranked Chicago number one, followed by New York City and Philadelphia.

In a press release, Orkin says they based their data on where the company performed the most bed bug treatments from December 2021 to November 2022. Check out the list here.

World Class Pest Solutions in Ferndale is not surprised by the list. Owner Gene Baker says bed bugs are in more places than you think and can travel, so big cities might see more of them.

“Of course hotels, I mean anywhere, other people’s cars or other people’s houses, when you’re visiting a friend and they don’t know they have them, even on their sofa,” says Baker. “You can pick them up pretty much anywhere, they are excellent travelers.”

Baker suggests doing routine checks, especially after travel.

“Get in the habit of checking your kids’ backpack clothes when they get home from school, occasionally raise your mattresses, look under these areas to see if you have any activity or signs of activity like red blood stains or see black feces called spotting,” says Baker.

If you are doing spot activities, your best bet is to take action and call a professional.

“The worst thing you can do is not do anything about it because all you’re doing is spreading yourself, you’re becoming part of the problem, not the solution,” says Baker.

For more information on World Class Pest Solutions, visit their website by clicking here.

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