Bed Bugs Invade Reinhardt University, Again

11Alive.com
Thursday, January 19, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - For the second time in about a year and a half, bed bugs have found their way into a Reinhardt University dormitory.

11Alive was contacted by two students on our news tip line. School officials say they found bed bugs in three rooms but now have the infestation under control.

It's a familiar process on the Waleska, Ga. campus. In September of 2010, a freshman dorm was full of bed bugs.

Jeff Hullinger spoke with the man in charge of getting rid of the insects at Reinhardt -- Chuck Tindol of Allgood Pest Solutions.

HULLINGER: "Chuck, how do you know you have bed bugs if you can't see them?"

TINDOL: "You are going to have bites on various parts of your body. They feed on blood, so they have to attach and feed."

JH: "So if they do not have blood supply for their feed, then theoretically they die right?"

CT: "They can live for months and months. They'll be there. Most homeowners are not going to get bed bugs unless they stay in an infested area, a hotel; it doesn't have to be a roadside hotel --some of the nicest hotels have bed bugs."

JH: "How do you get rid of them? What's the best course if you know you have them?

CT: "Because the population grows so quickly, you've got to kill all the population at one time and one treatment (of insecticide and heat)."