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Detroit gaining ground when it comes to fighting bedbugs

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Here’s another achievement in Detroit’s rebound: It’s gradually winning the war on bedbugs.

Pest control giant Orkin discharged its 2019 Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List on Monday and Detroit ranked No. 8 on the list, based on the number of new bed bug treatments the company performed from Dec. 1, 2017, through Nov. 30, 2018.

Baltimore asserted the best spot for the third year running, the organization said. Grand Rapids came in at No. 20, Lansing at No. 32 and Flint at No. 47.

Detroit is seeing steady enhancement with regards to annihilating the parasitic trespassers that are the scourge of mortgage holders and top of the line lodgings alike.

Detroit’s 2019 positioning demonstrates a 15-percent decline in bed bug treatments from 2017 to 2018. Last year, Detroit positioned No. 7 on Orkin’s list.

In 2015, Orkin put the city positioned No. 3, while bother control match Terminex ranked Detroit as the most invaded in the nation that year, concurring to techtimes.com.

From public libraries to apartments, metro Detroiters have been waging a war on bedbugs with mixed results.

Westland’s Faust Library uses special heaters to treat books and other materials as they’re returned to zap bedbugs and their eggs.

Michigan officials turned to trained dogs to sniff out the insects when a state building housing the Department of Technology, Management and Budget became infested.

And one Detroit man ended up causing extensive damage to a Midtown apartment building after he tried to deal with an infestation by spraying the insects with rubbing alcohol and lighting one on fire.

“Bedbugs are the No. 1 urban pest in many cities today,” said Chelle Hartzer, an Orkin entomologist, said a statement. “They are master hitchhikers, so no one is immune. Sanitation has nothing to do with prevention: from public transit to five-star resorts, bedbugs have been and can be found everywhere humans are.”

Once established, bedbugs are hard to wipe out.

Orkin offered these tips for dealing with the bedbugs:

  • Bedbugs often leave tiny blood stains on sheets or pillowcases and rust colored stains from feces in places like box spring corners or near mattress tags. Hotel chains generally use white sheets to make bed bug stains easy to spot.
  • Inspect your home regularly. Check places where bedbugs hide, such as mattress tags, seams, frames, behind headboards and inside electrical outlets.
  • Get rid of clutter.
  • Inspect furniture before bringing it home. Items purchased at estate sales and secondhand stores are one of the most common ways for bedbugs to be introduced into your home.
  • Dry potentially infested linens, clothing, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest setting allowed for the fabric.
  • Keep luggage on a rack away from the bed and wall.
  • Examine luggage carefully when packing and unpacking.

Top 10 cities for bedbugs

1. Baltimore
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Chicago
4. Los Angeles
5. Columbus, Ohio
6. New York
7. Cincinnati
8. Detroit
9.  Atlanta
10. Philadelphia 

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