Bed Bug Infestations On The Rise In Delaware County
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
UPTON, Pa (CBS) - Constance Bennett and her neighbor
Rosalyn DeMiranda of Upland, Delaware County have been trying to
get rid of a bedbug infestation for a year now.
The insects have been pretty annoying, but this spring both
women say the problem is a lot worse and they are not alone.
"I burn all over and all of my grandchildren have been bitten."
She's even taken her issue to the office of public health.
Officials contacted her landlord and together they have been
working to end the infestation.
Bennett owns the home she lives in, but says the cost of
eradicating the bedbugs is cutting into money she should be using
to pay her bills.
The two women are dealing with a problem many will be tackling
Officials are warning, as the weather warms up bedbugs will be
making a comeback. Missy Henriksen of the National Pest Management
Association warns " bedbugs are hitchhikers" and as we travel
during the summer holiday season we run the risk of picking up the
tiny blood suckers and transporting then back home with us.
Henriksen feels education is the key. She says learning to
identify the insects may help you spot a small infestation before
it gets out of control.