Woman Sets Herself on Fire While Trying To Get Rid of Bed Bugs

A woman accidentally set herself on fire while attempting to kill an infestation of bed bugs, authorities have said.

The 31-year-old was using rubbing alcohol to torch her car in Pontiac, Michigan, because she believed bed bugs were inside, police said.

Deputies with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office were called at 1:39 p.m. Tuesday to the 1200 block of Perry Street because of a car fire, ClickOnDetroit reported.

Officials told the publication that the woman who owned the car had a panic attack because there were bed bugs inside and decided to pour rubbing alcohol inside the vehicle before lighting it on fire.

However, during the torching she accidentally set herself on fire, police said.

The unidentified woman is reported to have suffered second-degree burns from the incident. She was taken to McLaren Oakland Hospital, about 30 miles northwest of Detroit, for treatment, according to officials.

The Oakland Township Fire Department is investigating.

Newsweek has contacted the Oakland County Sheriff's Office and the Oakland Township Fire Department for comment.

Bed bugs can be found in bedding and mattresses, as well as personal belongings such as jackets, purses and luggage.

In fact, former President Donald Trump's luxury National Doral Miami resort was said to be the host of a bug infestation back in 2016.

The resort reached a settlement with a business traveler, Eric Linder, who sued after his face, back and arms were "devoured by voracious bed bugs at the revamped resort."

Linder filed the lawsuit in July 2016 after he spent a night at the location's $300-per-night Jack Nicklaus-themed villa.

"Disgusting but not unexpected from a Trump property. #TrumpBedBugs," Twitter user @mariadw1 wrote at the time, alongside a GIF of socialite Paris Hilton pulling an ugly face.

"Well that explains why I saw this deal on Groupon with 48% off discount rate #TrumpBedBugs," another user @L3_LeAnn wrote, alongside a screenshot of the deal on Groupon.

The hashtag #BedBugSummit also took off in 2019 after Trump decided to hold the Group of 7 (G7) summit at his property.

"No bedbugs at Doral. The Radical Left Democrats, upon hearing that the perfectly located (for the next G-7) Doral National MIAMI was under consideration for the next G-7, spread that false and nasty rumor. Not nice!" Trump responded over Twitter.

Fortunately, bed bug bites usually don't lead to serious medical problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If your home is infested, one of the best ways to properly get rid of them is by calling a professional pest control company to assure complete removal, the CDC recommends.

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FIle photo: Common bedbug (Cimex lectularius) obtaining its blood meal on the human skin. Smith Collection/Centers for Disease Control