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Grand Rapids Pest Pressure

The largest city in western Michigan, Grand Rapids is just a short drive away from one of the Great Lakes. Located on the Grand River, this Michigan city is home to dozens of schools and colleges, a vibrant entertainment district, museums and a variety of other tourism sites. As a result, Grand Rapids is similar to most other urban areas where cockroaches, ants and domestic rodents are among the most commonly encountered pests. Bed bugs are another emerging pest of local concern. These tiny, biting pests thrive in cities and can be found in many public spaces, ranging from hotels and universities to airplanes and hospitals.

While bed bugs can cause mental distress and are considered a public health threat, they presently are not known carriers of disease. However, their bites can cause irritation, itchiness, swelling and redness. Homeowners and travelers can help prevent bed bugs by routinely checking for the pests in common hiding spots, such as furniture, box-spring frames and mattresses. If a bed bug infestation is suspected, pest control professionals urge Grand Rapids residents and visitors to contact a local licensed pest control expert since these pests can go undetected to the untrained eye.

Grand Rapids' geography and climate also play a role in pest populations. Because of the snowfall in the winter and proximity to water, pests such as mosquitoes can thrive in the spring and summer months, as standing, stagnant water is crucial to their survival. Michigan State University reports that there are more than 50 different species of mosquitoes in the state. While these pests are seen as a nuisance during summertime cookouts or outdoor activities, mosquitoes also can spread disease. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and pest control experts urge Michigan residents to use insect repellents when recommended by health professionals while spending time outside, in addition to removing all standing water on their properties to help prevent mosquitoes.

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