Bed Bugs Still a Big Problem in Michiana
WSBT.com (South Bend, IN)
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Michiana's bedbug problem isn't getting any better.
Exterminators say they're just as busy today as they were a few
years ago when the insects really started showing up.
"Elkhart and Niles are for me our two big spots right now," said
Bob Leinonen, owner of Bob the Bug Guy, "we're out there
South Bend has tapered off, Leinonen said, but not soon enough for
renters at the Courtyard Apartments on East Jefferson Blvd near
"It's very frustrating because you don't sleep," said Shavon
Mzyece, who had to toss out her bed and sofa after she found them
infested with bedbugs.
Her arms, hands, neck, and back are covered in bites. She worries
about her 2-year-old son Micah getting bitten.
They've been sleeping on an air mattress since before Thanksgiving.
Some of her neighbors also have bedbugs, though Leinonen, who is in
charge of extermination for the complex, said he's making good
"Great management team over there and things are improving vastly,"
New calls from elsewhere in Michiana come in almost daily, and
Leinonen doesn't expect his workload to slow down anytime
"They're still very strong in the area," he said.
A few ways to avoid bringing bedbugs into your home:
- Exterminators say to be cautious around people who already have
bedbugs. Think twice before visiting their homes or letting them
into yours. The insects can very easily attach themselves to
- Be careful with used furniture, especially chairs or sofas
purchased from online dealers or garage sales. Those pieces can
- If you do find bedbugs in your home, there's not much you can
do about it on your own, Leinonen said. An exterminator is really
your only option.
"Trying to do it on your own would be almost impossible to take
care of," he said.