Bedbugs found, treated in several Miami, Okla., public housing units
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
MIAMI, Okla. - For the first time in 41 years the Miami Public
Housing Authority has a bedbug infestation, said Jack Trask,
housing executive director on Tuesday.
Trask, who oversees three complexes, said the infestation is
contained to six units in one building.
"I jumped on it immediately," Trask said. "I made a call two
hours after it was reported."
The first report was made about a month ago, he said. Trask
said the only problem associated with the infestation was
scheduling a company to come in and remove the bugs, he said.
Trask said he has since learned the infestation of bedbugs is
at an all-time high across the country.
A Springfield, Mo.-based company performed a four-hour heat
treatment on eight apartments. The infested apartments were treated
and then the surrounding apartments were also treated, he said.
After the heat treatment was completed, a dog was used to go
through the apartments and sniff out the microscopic
The cost was $10,600 which included $1,100 for each eight
apartments and $1,800 for the use of a dog for two days.
"We plan to reschedule the dog in six months," Trask
The eights apartments were located in the 100-apartment
complex, he said. A check of nearby buildings, a 75-apartment
complex and a 50-unit duplex area, didn't turn up any bedbugs,
Trask said he believes a family who previously lived in the
apartment complex and was neglect in their housekeeping may have
left the unwanted guests.
"I told them to clean up or get out," Trask said. "They got
Also, one Trask said a lot of bedbugs were found in one
tenant's recliner that she recently received from a Goodwill