Bed Bugs Invading Area Homes at an Alarming Rate
NewsChannel10.com (Amarillo, TX)
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Amarillo, TX - Bed bugs are invading area homes by the dozens
and in some cases by the hundreds.
It's becoming a problem we've never seen this bad before.
This is a concern for not only exterminators but residents and even
the City of Amarillo because within the last several months, the
number of bed bug cases have grown at an alarming rate.
In 2011, Lady Bug Services says they only dealt with fifty bed bug
cases during the entire year.
Now they're receiving ten to fifteen calls a week.
Exterminators say an increase in people traveling is one reason
behind the rise.
Area hotels, businesses and homes have all experienced this
"Some people have the misconception that they're only an insect of
the bed and that's totally false. We quite often find them in
nightstands, we find them in dressers, we find them behind
electrical plates. One of the easiest ways to describe what a bed
bug looks like, is that it looks like an apple seed," says Brad
Turner, Lady-Bug Services, Inc.
Amarillo's Public Health Department says the state does not require
businesses to tell them if they have a bed bug problem.
If they hear of a situation they will go out to inspect and help
with the process.
Exterminators we spoke with expect this issue to only get worse,
that's why they're trying to educate the public on the importance
of taking care of the problem right away.