Bed Bugs Found In Hempfield Towers Low-Income Apartments
Friday, March 2, 2012
Westmoreland County Housing Authority officials on Thursday
confirmed that exterminators have removed beg bugs from seven
apartments at Hempfield Towers.
Residents last week reported finding the nuisance insects in their
homes, authority Executive Director Mike Washowich said.
"We didn't want this to be transported all across the facility,"
Hempfield Towers is a high-rise complex with 202 units for
low-income, elderly and handicapped tenants.
According to a fact sheet published by the Pennsylvania Department
of Health, bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood and
do not spread disease. Bed bug infestations are usually caused when
the insects move via furniture, bedding, luggage and cloths. Bites
are usually evidenced by itchy welts.
The health department recommends that licensed exterminators remove
Washowich said the housing authority used both its own staff and
private exterminators to treat the apartments at Hempfield
Bed bug outbreaks have hit some of the nation's larger cities,
Last year, the University of Pittsburgh treated more than two dozen
dorm rooms after bed bugs were discovered in the living quarters
for students. In 2010, common areas at nine buildings throughout
the Community College of Allegheny County network were affected by
Washowich said there have been no signs of a larger infestation at
"We're not doing a full inspection of all 200 units. If you have
bed bugs you get bit," Washowich said.
The housing authority treated several apartments in Greensburg and
Monessen last year for bed bugs, according to Washowich. No other
problems were reported at the authority's other units, he said.