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Report: Bed bug infestations rise in 2016 in Grand Rapids

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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

ATLANTA – Grand Rapids is always on a list for something, but we’ve moved up five spots on one list that isn’t really an honor.

The Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek market is now 27th nationally for bed bugs, according to pest control company Orkin.  The company made their rankings based on the number of treatments for bed bugs performed between December 1, 2015 and November 30, 2016.

The top three on the list were Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, in that order.  Detroit came in 7th. The company says they treated bed bug infestations in all 50 states.

“Anyone can get bed bugs in their home. They are not a sign of uncleanliness. Bed bugs only need blood to survive. We have treated for bed bugs in everything from million dollar homes to public housing,” says Orkin Entomologist and Director of Technical Services Ron Harrison, Ph.D. He also said that bed bugs are a growing issue and were virtually unheard of ten years ago in the United States.

Click here for the full list and tips from Orkin.

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  • Bob

    If people would take a little pride in themselves and treat Bedbugs when they get them and stop spreading the bugs to un-knowing people, there would be no infestation. I don’t even go to the Library anymore for fear of catching bed bugs when I bring home in a book.

    People are such slobs today.

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