Bed Bugs Reported in Austin
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Bed bugs seem to be biting at Twin Towers Apartments.
Austin Housing and Redevelopment Authority executive director Jim
Hurm said there were between seven and nine reports of bed bugs at
Twin Towers last month. Those cases include the monthly checks by
"You don't run into it very often," Hurm said.
Bed bugs are small insects that feed on sleeping human and animal
blood, according to Mayo Clinic. While the bed bug population was
drastically reduced decades ago by insecticides and toxic
chemicals, bed bugs appear to be growing once more, as a national
scare took hold of the U.S. two years ago.
Normally there aren't any reports of bed bugs in the 205-apartment
complex, and HRA officials don't know the reason behind the current
"Many times it's nothing," Hurm said. "Sometimes it's one or two
Hurm said sometimes bed bugs come in based on residents who move in
or out of a complex. About 17 residents have moved into the Twin
Towers this year, though it's unclear if those residents were
Not many Mower County residents deal with bed bugs, according to
Health and Human Services officials.
"Honestly, we have not had a whole lot of calls," Pam Kellogg,
nursing supervisor said. Kellogg said county officials received
maybe two or three calls asking questions about bed bugs over the
years, but nothing concrete. County officials point residents
toward a University of Minnesota web site, www.bedbugs.umn.edu, for
more information on how to combat the parasite.
HRA officials aren't going to increase maintenance or other means
to combat bed bugs for now, but they will provide information about
bed bugs to Twin Towers residents.
"We have a pretty comprehensive program as it is," Hurm said.