Blood Suckers Impact Mattress Donations
Monday, January 9, 2012
Gales Ferry, CN - The Wuestoff's have been running the Furniture
Bank of Southeastern Connecticut for 20 years. It's a labor of
love, which is facing more challenges thanks to a recent rise in
some blood sucking little creatures.
"We've been the volunteers in charge of this since '82 and this
is the first time we've had a problem with bed bugs," said Karen
Wuesthoff, "starting about last year."
Karen says about one in every dozen or so bed requests are
because of bed bugs.
"Not only have we had more requests from people who have lost
things to bed bugs," Karen said, "but we're having trouble
accepting used bedding now because of the bed bugs, so we have to
buy most of them now."
And that's costing them a lot more, which is why they are
counting on grants and donations from banks and other businesses
"Thirty to 50 donated beds," Mike Wuesthoff said, "and now we
have to buy those so we're paying about $200 a piece for them so
figure that out.
The Uncas Health hopes to prevent the problem by encouraging
people not to buy a used mattress or pick up one along a street
without inspecting it first.
"Very often furniture ends up on a street corner for a reason,"
said Patrick McCormack, Uncas Health District.
If you do have bed bugs, you need more than a new mattress. You
may need to call a professional.
"It can take several treatments and different types depending
what the level of the problem is," McCormack said, "and very often
it's very difficult to identify the source."
The one thing the Wuestoff's don't have to buy anymore are
mattress protectors and that's because they used to give them out
with their used mattresses, which will no longer be available.
Bed bugs impact mattress donations: wtnh.com