Bed Bugs Invade South Tampa Fire Station
ABCActionNews.com (Tampa, FL)
Monday, December 5, 2011
TAMPA, FL - Pest control experts have tried to eradicate a bed
bug infestation at a South Tampa fire house for two months, and
have failed, fire officials conceded Monday.
An expert from Massey Pest Control was back out spraying
mattresses at the fire house on South Himes Avenue near Gandy
A firefighter could be seen throwing out bedding and a uniform
shirt Monday morning. The crew quarters was deserted.
Firefighters are 'camping out' in the kitchen and recreation
room of the fire station, said Assistant Chief Nick Locicero.
"We are going to do what needs to be done to correct the
problem," said Locicero. "We will rip up the carpet and treat the
bedding as needed."
So far, no firefighters have been bitten badly enough to require
treatment, said fire Captain Lonnie Bennefield. "There is no
indication the bugs have been transferred by the crews to a
The infestation was first reported in September and Massey Pest
Control has been back to the building several times since then,
said Chuck Zeller, manager of the bug company.
"They're hard to get rid of," said Zeller. "We frequently need
to make several trips to correct the problem. Right now they are
here only sporadically. One or two popping up at a time."