Bed bugs on the rise in Detroit

by nobugsonme on November 10, 2008 · 2 comments

in bed bugs, detroit, michigan, usa

Here’s a story from WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan.

It’s the standard “bed bugs are real, and they’re in our area!” story that local news channels are turning out one by one.

It focuses on the Shapiro family, who apparently got bed bugs from daughter Mackenzie’s newly acquired secondhand bed frame.

And it cites Terminix and Orkin employees on the spread of bed bugs in the region.

Steve Simpson said,

“I would hate to have the bugs at my house. I wouldn’t want them, I would take any other bug besides a bed bug.”

Steve Simpson is the Manager for the Detroit branch of Terminix. He says 3 years ago – he’d only get about 3 calls each year for bed bug infestations. Today it’s a different story.

“Last year, it probably went to 3-4 phone calls a month, and now it’s up to about 3-4 phone calls a day.”


2006: 3 bed bug calls a year
2007: 3-4 bed bug calls a month
2008: 3-4 bed bug calls a day

Likewise, Orkin claimed it now gets 20-50 calls a month in metro Detroit.

Worried, Detroit? You should be.

You can watch the video of WXYZ’s report here or read the transcript here.

1 william "doc"pickhardt January 10, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Bedbugs are now found in all 50 states.Pest control proffesionals are scurrying to find new products and techniques because the older more potent chemicals are no longer legal.Among the new efforts are steam,freezing,bioligical and hormonal treatments. Throwing away beds and clothing doesnot help and do it yourself seldom if ever works .

2 nobugsonme January 10, 2009 at 2:57 pm


Thanks for your comment.

We know about all this (and you probably realize that if you have looked around the site) except — what are “hormonal treatments”???

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