Insects / Pests




There are a number of insects and other pests that may cause illness to humans or are a nuisance. Many pests of Public Health Significance can be found on this resource page.

Bed Bugs are one of the biggest pests of interest in Michigan. Even though no specific disease is caused by bed bugs, they are a pest. Do you have any of the following questions: Does my home have bed bugs? What do they look like? What can I do to prevent a bed bug infestation? What do I do if there are bed bugs in my home or where I am traveling to?  What activities put me at risk for bed bugs?  For the answers to these and many other bed bug questions, visit the embedded links.

Ticks are not only a pest of animals, they are also a vector for humans of disease. 

Mosquitoes are vectors of various diseases such as, West Nile Virus, Malaria, etc.

Bats are a useful mammal in the environment to control insects. However, they can be a reservoir for the Rabies Virus too.

Common Pests

Pests Diseases
Flies Many 
Bats Rabies, Histoplasmosis
Ticks Lyme Disease

Malaria, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya Virus, EEE

Rabbits Tularemia
Skunks Rabies
Raccoons Rabies
Dogs Rabies
Bed Bugs None
Spider (Brown Recluse) "Bite"
Fleas Cat Scratch Fever, Plague
Deer Chronic Wasting Disease
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