County Eyes Contract For Bed Bug Inspection
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Franklin County Commissioners are keeping an eye out for bed
Commissioners on Thursday are expected to approve a $5,600
contract with Ehrlich pest control services. Ehrlich twice a year
will inspect county-owned buildings and transport vehicles.
It's the first bed bug assessment contract of this scope for the
county, according to Commissioner David Keller.
"Our buildings and vehicles are open to the public, and we feel
responsible," Keller said.
The county spent $5,290 last year to fight bed bugs in one
"Over the past 18 months we've had workers in the county come in
contact with suspected bed bug environments," Administrator John
Some county employees visit consumers in home environments, or
some consumers suspected of having bed bugs come into county
buildings, he said. The county has trained staff on what to do if
they enter an environment suspected of being infested with bed
bugs. They have been given cleaning supplies and resource
The county employs case workers who visit consumers' homes and
van and bus drivers who take consumers to doctors'
Commissioners spent more than $6,500 in two years to treat an
apartment housing clients of the county's mental health program.
The first treatment in 2010 did not correct the problem. A
treatment in August 2011 eradicated the infestation. County
taxpayers split the tab with the federal Housing and Urban
Soon afterwards, commissioners contracted with Ehrlich for $600
to inspect the Day Reporting Center on Loudon Street for the
remainder of the year.
The county worker's compensation fund will pay for the most
recent inspection contract, Hart said. The fund also pays for air
quality testing and other safety checks. The county workers' comp
program is self-insured.