Detroit named 2nd-worst city for bed bugs; Grand Rapids, K’zoo, and Battle Creek hit top 20

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Cimex lectularius

Female of the bed bug - Cimex lectularius - on the fur of one of its hosts, a bat. Scale : bug length ~ 5 mm

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The pest control company Orkin has named its top 50 worst cities when it comes to bed bug infestations, with Detroit coming in at the number two spot.

Chicago ranked first, its third consecutive year at the top of the list.  Columbus, Ohio rounded out the top three.

In West Michigan, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo all tied for 20th — a jump of 13 positions over last year’s list.  The full ranking is listed below.

1.     Chicago

2.     Detroit (+2)

3.     Columbus, Ohio

4.     Los Angeles (-2)

5.     Cleveland – Akron – Canton, Ohio (+1)

6.     Dallas – Ft. Worth (+7)

7.     Cincinnati (-2)

8.     Denver (+1)

9.     Richmond – Petersburg, Va. (+2)

10.  Dayton, Ohio (-3)

11.  Indianapolis (-1)

12.  Houston (+4)

13.  Seattle – Tacoma (+5)

14.  Washington, District of Columbia – Hagerstown, Md. (-6)

15.  Milwaukee (+6)

16.  San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose (+3)

17.  Raleigh – Durham – Fayetteville, N.C. (-5)

18.  New York (-1)

19.  Charleston – Huntington, W.Va. (+11)

20.  Grand Rapids – Kalamazoo – Battle Creek, Mich. (+13)

21.  Omaha, Neb. (+16)

22.  Louisville, Ky. (+10)

23.  Nashville, Tenn.

24.  Lexington, Ky. (+16)

25.  Atlanta (-10)

26.  Buffalo, N.Y. (+12)

27.  Sacramento – Stockton – Modesto, Calif. (+14)

28.  Syracuse, N.Y. (-14)

29.  Boston – Manchester (-9)

30.  Charlotte, N.C. (-5)

31.  Baltimore (-4)

32.  Phoenix – Prescott (-4)

33.  Miami – Ft. Lauderdale (-11)

34.  Knoxville, Tenn. (-3)

35.  Cedar Rapids – Waterloo – Dubuque, Iowa  (-6)

36.  Minneapolis – St. Paul (+8)

37.  Hartford – New Haven, Conn. (+3)

38.  Champaign – Springfield – Decatur, Ill.   (-3)

39.  San Diego (-13)

40.  Lincoln – Hastings – Kearney, Neb. (-1)

41.  Kansas City, Mo. (+9)

42.  Honolulu (+3)

43.  Albany – Schenectady – Troy, N.Y.

44.  Colorado Springs – Pueblo, Colo. (-2)

45.  Myrtle Beach – Florence, S.C.

46.  St. Louis

47.  Greenville – Spartanburg, S.C. – Asheville, N.C. (-11)

48.  Bowling Green, Ky.

49.  Ft. Wayne, Ind.

50.  Toledo, Ohio (-4)

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5 comments

      • Tracy

        Contrary to the belief that these nasty bugs are only from dirty people/places, it’s truly not the case. They can show up in the cleanest & exquisite of homes. The epidemic is so widespread I wish the CDC & other agencies would get involved to help homeowners out.

  • Erick Thered

    The last time I was on Battle Creek I got robed, the police didn’t even come out they just asked if I was ok. WORST CITY EVER! #battlecreekishell

  • Pamela

    Ya like dirty poor people go to hotels. This is a all class problem. Bed bugs don’t care how much you make and can travel on anything…anything at all.